Take a look around because the clutter and nick-nacks say something about your personality. That's according to psychology professor, Dr. Sam Gosling from the University of Texas. He studied this and found that the specific items you have in your workspace really do project your personality. For instance.
- Personal photos. If you have pictures on your desk and they're facing outward, so others can see them, you're making what the professor calls "an identity claim". That's a proud statement to others about who you are and what's important to you be it your frat buddies, your baby, your wedding picture, or a picture of your dog. But, if the pictures are facing you, it reveals you're sentimental and family-oriented. You rely on familiar faces to comfort you in stressful situations.
- What about the bowl of candy on your desk? Dr. Gosling says if you're the candy keeper, you like to draw people to you. Introverts don't usually have food, or anything else in their environment that invites people in.
- If you have Post-It notes stuck everywhere in your workspace, you're likely overwhelmed.
- If your work area is neat as a pin and clutter free, the impression you're giving to your superiors is that you're on top of your job and productive. But a lack of personal photos or mementos may mean you don't feel safe where you are. You're not sure if you want to stay. Or if your job is secure. People who feel secure in their jobs make their space more "homey".
- Having a clock in your workspace means you're hard working, according to professor Gosling's research. And the larger the clock face, the more you value your time.
- Last but not least, is the clutter-junkie. That's me. According to the professor it means I'm creative and spontaneous and I don't sweat the small details in life. It also means that your thought processes may be as cluttered as your desk.
Sounds pretty accurate to me!