Did you know that there are 4 personality types which are prevailing in our society? At least, this is what a new study suggests.

A recent study on human behaviours has shown that around 90% of the population can be classified into four primary personality types. The study, based in Madrid, analysed the responses of over 500 volunteers to different social situations that could lead to either clashing or collaborating with others in order to test the data, and 4 personality types prevailed.

1. Optimistic

The optimistic personality type generally has a very positive outlook on life and works well with other people in order to find solutions to a problem.

Optimistic people are generally a lot more gratuitous than others and prefer to look for the good in a situation rather than focusing on the negatives. They tend to be mentally stronger and resilient when life brings them negatives.

Optimistic people like to donate their time to others, and they are more likely to take part in charitable events and fundraisers. They take a genuine interest in others and are supportive in the endeavours of friends and family more so than other personality types.

The optimist is much more forgiving and allows life to bring them difficulties because they know that there will always be a light at the end of the tunnel.

2. Pessimistic

Pessimists tend to focus on the negative aspects of a situation, and this has negative effects on their emotions and thoughts. They are quick to lose motivation after a failure and can often be much more self-conscious than those who are more optimistic.

Pessimistic people can often feel lost and defeated when faced with a problem, and feel pity for themselves a lot more than others. Pessimists tend to have lower expectations so that they can somewhat decrease the anxiety of a potential negative outcome but also experience pleasant surprise when things go their way.

3. Trusting

Trusting people are not only trusting of others, but they are much more trusting of themselves. They are self-assured and authentic; they know exactly who they are and they will stand up for what they believe in. They are kind and compassionate to others, and they are resourceful in their help for people.

Trusting people enjoy learning more about others, as well as themselves, and this allows them to grow as more supportive people in the long run.

Trusting people are also much more humble than others. They love to help people and ask for nothing in return.

4. Envious

The envious is the most common of the 4 personality types, with around 30% of the test group falling into this category. This personality type is usually irrational without realising. They choose to do a task themselves because they cannot stand someone doing better than them, even if they may receive less as a result.

Envious people are not necessarily driven by jealousy but more a lack of trust and an inability to cope with situations where other people achieve more than they do. This can also lead them to preventing others from succeeding.


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