Your Personality Smells

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According to the latest scientific smell-study, you can actually smell crazy (neurotically crazy, that is) people. You -- and we mean the universal you, not you in particular, don't be neurotic -- can smell the personalities of all sorts of people, from outgoing to anxious to dominant. The study elicited 30 men and 30 women to wear white cotton T-shirts three nights in a row, abstaining from using soap, deodorant, or perfume, and from drinking, smoking, or eating "oderous foods" during that period. They also took personality tests.

In a kind of hilarious aspect of the experiment, after all that, 100 men and 100 women were enticed to smell the shirts and guess the personality traits of the smelly shirt-wearers.

Now, while the raters' guesses didn't match up with the self-assessments of the smell subjects absolutely perfectly, they did match up pretty well -- about as well as predicting personality traits based on watching a video, in another study -- for extroversion, neuroticism, and dominance. The most accurate estimates of dominance involved smelling someone of the opposite sex, underscoring, as other experiments have, a link between sense of smell and choosing a mate.

The Daily News wins for creepiest stock photo depiction of this phenomenon.

People can smell your neuroticism [MSNBC]

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Jack
Jack

Does a "dominant" female have more estrogen or testosterone?  

Ole Factory
Ole Factory

I don't have a smell. (Really, I don't. Not one that's detectable by humans, at least.) Does that mean I have no personality? :(

Ole Factory
Ole Factory

You don't believe me?! Just ask your mom.

Ole Factory
Ole Factory

Whatever, dude, my mouth and my anus (among other things) were clean enough for your mom to put her mouth on.

TheSniffer
TheSniffer

Your mouth is filthy... or is that your ass?

Ole Factory
Ole Factory

She's mistaken, that stink came from her twat.

TheSniffer
TheSniffer

She said you totally stink. It's possible she wasn't talking about your smell, though.

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