Wednesday, April 24, 2013

What your sneeze says about your personality


Some sound like mortar fire, others like somebody just stepped on a mouse.

“I have world famous kitten sneezes,” says Susan Frykholm, a 31-year-old multimedia sales specialist from Seattle. “I’m not trying to be cute but people usually start laughing at how ‘precious’ they are.”

“Mine are like a revolutionary war cannon,” says Dan Fine, a 54-year-old IT consultant who is also from Seattle.

We each have our own individual sneezing style. But what, exactly, determines whether those sneezes come out dainty and demure or whether they blow down the whole dang house?

“Sneezes are like laughter,” says Dr. Alan Hirsch, a neurologist, psychiatrist and founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago. “Some [laughs] are loud, some are soft. And it’s similar with sneezing. It will often be the same from youth onward in terms of what it sounds like.”

Hirsch says he doesn’t know of any studies that have been conducted on various sneezing styles and what they might mean, but says he does believe the way we sneeze reflects some component of the personality.

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