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Article: What Shoes Say About You


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After viewing the variety of boots, flip-flops, lace-ups, loafers, sandals and sneakers worn by fellow students — admittedly, a limited and largely homogenous sample — the study participants were most successful at guessing the wearers’ age, sex and income. After that, they could most accurately guess attachment style: people with anxious attachment styles were more likely to wear new-looking or well-kept shoes, perhaps because they worry about appearances and what other people think of them, the authors suggest.

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/06/14/what-your-shoes-say-about-you/#ixzz1xoBvCs9X



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This photo acompanies the article.....

....and from this photo we can safely conclude the gentleman in question exudes exceptional confidence.
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In a study of college students, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, the authors found that people could correctly guess a stranger’s age, gender and income by looking at their shoes. That’s no real surprise, considering that the style of a shoe or its designer label can be immediately revealing.

But to their surprise, the researchers also found that people could accurately assess another person’s level of attachment anxiety — whether you tend to be clingy and insecure in your close relationships, or more laid-back and relaxed — based on their choice of shoes.

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For the study, researchers asked 63 University of Kansas students to look at photos submitted by 208 other students of the shoes they wore most often. The students who volunteered the photographs completed various online personality tests. The viewers were then asked to rate the owners on personality, attachment style, whether they were extroverted or introverted, politically liberal or conservative, and demographic measures like age, gender, and family income.


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