A specific study conducted in 2017 by Caleb Backe, a health and wellness expert, shared and compared walking speed and styles with “The Big 5″ personality traits. Traits included were openness, agreeableness, neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness.
Other categories including personality types such as Supporter, Driver, and Broker, to name a few, were also studied. These categories distinguish how your walking style reveals your personality.
We’ll share information about various walking styles and their parallel personality traits.
If you are an executive, you usually walk very quickly, with a fast and focused stride. You walk confidently, with your head held high, and tend to be deep in thought. Executives often don’t care about those around them and can easily run into others.
You’re goal-oriented and a great problem solver, however, you can also come off as hostile and intense.
If you are a runner, you usually walk in small steps while leaning. You also avoid making eye contact with the people around you. This is because runners are often quite introverted and shy. They tend to be on guard before making strong or genuine connections.
If you are a politician, you are usually excited, head high, chest forward, shoulders back. You want recognition and appreciation. You also like challenges and learn about new experiences, but you can easily get bored.
You are a confident speaker and enjoy interacting with people.
If you are more concerned, you tend to walk very slowly and cautiously. You usually take short steps but can drag your feet. Worried people often keep their eyes on the ground and appear unsure. Worried people tend to be introverted and considerate, but they can also appear vulnerable and scared.
Chillers are the easy-going type of walkers. They generally walk at a slow to medium pace, with a loose body and relaxed posture. Their gestures tend to be small and can sometimes get caught up in an internal dialogue.
If you get cold, you tend to focus more on others than on your own tasks and may appear lost while walking. You are very calm and intuitive, but you can also seem lazy and easily swayed.
If you are a showboat, you tend to ride with a lot of confidence and intention. You sway your arms and hips exaggeratedly and like to attract everyone’s attention.
If you are in this group, your head is usually up, your shoulders are back, and you are more focused on yourself. Showboats can appear self-centered and unreliable, with commanding and charismatic personality traits.
What does your walking style say about you? We’d be happy to hear your thoughts in the comments below.