How you Sneeze may Hold Clues to your Personality

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Apr 25, 2013

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How you Sneeze may Hold Clues to your Personality

A new US study suggests that the way one sneezes can reveal a lot about his/her personality. The way we sneeze reflects certain components of our personality, said Dr Alan Hirsch, a neurologist, psychiatrist and founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago.

“Sneezes are like laughter. Some (laughs) are loud, some are soft. And its similar with sneezing. It will often be the same from youth onward in terms of what it sounds like,” said Hirsch. He added, “It’s more of a psychological thing and represents the underlying personality or character structure,” he said.

A person who is outgoing and demonstrative would most likely have a loud explosive sneeze, whereas someone who’s shy might try to withhold their sneezes, resulting in more of a Minnie Mouse-type expulsion. “In general, sneezing is an involuntary phenomenon, part of the body’s mechanism of defence, a way of clearing out bacteria or other agents that would be injurious,” said Dr Gordon Siegel, a Chicago otolaryngologist. “That being said, you can control to a degree the way it comes out,” he said. He said the shape of our nose or the bone structure of our face might contribute a small degree to certain sneezing styles.

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