Sunday, August 19, 2007

Can your job affect your personality?

Most people's self-esteem is closely tied to their work. When people meet for the first time, the first questions almost involve jobs, and the answers tend to spark interest or deaden it. Many of us tend to stereotype people by the kind of work they do. Considering that a job takes about half of a working adult's waking life, it is not surprising that psychologists see work as a significant influence on a person's outlook and behaviour.
One 10-year study found that people who have to think and use their judgment to perform complicated tasks at work tend to develop and intellectual flexibility that they carry over into the other parts of their lives. They seem to be generally more independent-minded and open to new experiences than those who perform more routine jobs. They also tend to select intellectually engaging activities for their leisure pursuits, such as learning a language or investigating the history of their area.


Nicole said...

This was an interesting post. It makes a lot of sense. With the new automated systems being introduced into the workplace, many workers are becoming lazy and getting used to not having to think for themselves or even be able to make effective decisions. That can roll over into other areas.

Lewis Empire said...

Doesn't it make more sense that the people who already like to learn, stay current and maintain their education will choose jobs that reflect their personality?

These researchers should sample a group of people with certain characteristics in High School and see what careers they are interested in when they end their education.