What Your Sneeze Says About You

Researcher links sneeze type to personality
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 6, 2011 10:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Whether you sneeze loudly or softly, quickly or repeatedly, your nose may say a lot about you, a body-language expert has found. Backed by Benadryl execs, she asked some 500 people about their personalities and how they sneezed, and recognized four types, the St. Petersburg Times reports:

  • The “get-appreciated:” These folks sneeze loudly and, often, several times in a row. “They're looking for applause at the end of their sneeze,” says the researcher. They tend to be likable, vocal leader types who thrive on new experiences and hate being ignored.

  • The “get along:” These people keep their sneezes as subtle as possible. They like to help people, stay polite, and keep out of conflict.
  • The “get it done:” These sneezers try to keep their sneezes in; those that get out are quick and loud. Such people are independent and “live to get things done,” says the researcher. Same goes for the sneeze: “they get it done and move on.”
  • The “be right:” These guys are focused on covering their mouths. They’re neat and like to play by the rules—and they’re happy to point out your mistakes.

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