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Psychologists say the way we choose to share our good news is rather revealing

16 February 2017

New research suggests that the way in which we choose to share good news says something significant about our personalities.

There are a number of different ways in which people choose to share a piece of great news - get straight on the phone to a friend, bathe in an ocean of likes on Facebook or maybe even stay humble and keep it quiet.

A new study in the Journal of Individual Differences suggests that the choice we make in this scenario says something significant about us, with certain personality traits associated with the different ways that people choose to deal with good news.

Agreeableness and empathy, for instance, were associated with participants who chose to capitalise on good news by immediately informing a close friend or family member, whilst those who bragged about the event tended to be less agreeable and less conscientious. 

Read more on our Research Digest blog.


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