The Way You Walk Reveals A Lot About Your Personality, New Study Claims

September 20, 2017


Are you a slow walker or a fast walker? As it turns out, the way you walk can indeed say a lot about your personality.

Let’s see whether you are:

  • an extrovert or an introvert
  • conscientious
  • open-minded
  • neurotic
  • and finally – healthy!

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Fast Pace Rather Than Slow Pace

A new study conducted by a team of researchers in France and the USA suggests that your walking speed can be a marker of health in adulthood.

As IFLScience reports: “A slower pace is linked to poorer mental and physical health, impaired cognition, and a higher risk of death.”

The study also says that self-reported physical decline is closely related to:


  • higher neuroticism
  • lower levels of extraversion,
  • openness,
  • conscientiousness.

In order to find this connection, the researchers compared the walking speed and characteristics of middle-aged and older adults. The speed was based on their usual pace, while the personality was assessed by a survey and then each study participant was rated on the scale of “Big Five” personality traits:

  • extraversion
  • conscientiousness
  • openness
  • agreeableness
  • neuroticism

The Results

The research results suggest that people who walked faster scored high on extraversion, conscientiousness, and openness, and low on neuroticism. These participants were also found to decline less in speed as they aged.

The study also found that conscientiousness and extraversion had more of a positive influence than openness, whereas agreeableness didn’t seem to have any effect whatsoever.

We totally agree!

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