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Have you ever taken notice of your way of walking? Scientific studies have shown that it actually reveals your personality. To help you better understand yourself, we have selected some common walking styles. Click through to see what your postures say about you.
A study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science found that speedy walkers are likely to be outgoing. Moreover, they have lower levels of neuroticism, which makes them less sensitive.
People striding at a slow or measured pace are more likely to be cautious. By taking shorter strides, they tend to be more occupied with themselves and less engaged in their surroundings.
If you walk with slumped shoulders, it might indicate that you have gone through a heartbreak and have yet to recover.
Walking at a leisurely pace, saunterers often don't have a destination in mind. They walk with their heads up, displaying their self-assuredness and confidence.
Graceful walkers always exude confidence. According to posture expert Providence Hogan, these people are often high on self-esteem when they attempt to pronate their feet like dancers.
If you walk with your arms folded, you probably want to be left alone. The arms create a personal space that separates you from others. Besides, this posture might also indicate that you are vulnerable and insecure, as if you're on guard against possible attacks.
Multitaskers are able to handle several tasks simultaneously. If you fall in this category, you're ambitious and courageous. But try not to get hurt while walking on a crowded street!
The University of Kent's School of Psychology conducted a study on the relationship between walking styles and anxiety levels. It discovered that people who were inclined to veering leftwards were anxious in general, and the more stressed they were, the further left they veered.
Sometimes we put our hands in our pockets when we go for a laid-back stroll. But doing so with our heads slightly slouched might be a sign of low self-esteem.
By putting our hands behind our backs, we stay in an open position. We dare to leave our bodies defenseless because we feel confident, secure, and comfortable in our environment.