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Studying The Differences Between “Dog People” and “Cat Peopl

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Jailine Martinez

on 4 June 2014

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Studying The Differences Between
“Dog People”
“Cat People”

We thought this will be a good experiment like it would be way different than other experiments. We believe we learned a lot, like why some people like cats and other like dogs. We wanted to investigate this topic to find out if people’s personality affect their choice on why they’re a dog or cat person.
Yes, we think that personality does affect a person’s preference for dogs or cats. Dog people are truly puzzled by a cat person's affinity for an animal that provides seemingly little open affection or cooperation. Cat people, on the other hand, mock at a dog's blind devotion to their owners. It depends what kind of person you are, like your personality may define if you’re a cat or dog person.

Materials List
Get the Myers-Briggs personality test
Test subjects
Notebook and pencil for analyzing results

Use Myers-Briggs personality assessment online, and give it to many different teenagers and adults
For each participant, record whether he or she considers himself or herself a dog or a cat person.
Look for similarities or difference in the Myers-Briggs dichotomies
Our experiment
So we told 10 people to take the Myers-Briggs personality test and asked them if they consider themselves a dog person or a cat person. Those who define themselves as "dog people" are more extraverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than self-described "cat people" and those who define themselves as "cat people" tend to be more neurotic but "open," which means creative, philosophical, or nontraditional.
Our hypothesis was right, personality does affect a person’s preference for dogs or cats. We don’t think they’ll be anything we’ll change about this experiment. We learned those who define themselves as "dog people" are more extraverted, more agreeable and more conscientious than self-described "cat people." There are significant differences on major personality traits between dog people and cat people, given the tight psychological connections between people and their pets, it is likely that the differences between dogs and cats may be suited to different human personalities. Dog people question the value of a pet that resists performing the sorts of tricks that dogs do, and appears aloof or opportunistic at best, towards their owners. And though most dog lovers will recognize cats as lower maintenance pets, they question the value of an animal that will silently sneak up behind you, lash out at you unprovoked, and never, ever, risk their own lives for their owner the way a faithful dog might. Cat people see the eager willingness of a dog's obedience as a sign of inferior intelligence to a cat's clever independence. To a cat person, dogs are desperate for attention of any kind, are willing to beg shamelessly, and are too easily willing to forgive human transgressions. They know a cat's affinity for their owner is earned, since it is not instinctual, unlike a dog's need for social contact. This info can be used to answer people question like “Why people refer to themselves as cat people or dog people.” or other questions.
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