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Sneezing IQ

My husband is an explosive sneezer. His sneezes are loud enough that the cat hides and the rest of us take cover. We’ve nicknamed him “The Hurricane.” His sneezing style matches his personality: spontaneous and open.

It turns out that sneezing styles may offer a clue about an individual’s personality, according to the Achoo IQ Study for Benadryl, conducted by behavior expert Patti Wood. After studying 547 people, Wood concluded that different types of personalities have different types of sneezes.

She grouped sneezers into four categories: the “sensitive” sneezer, the “be right” sneezer, the “get it done” sneezer and the “enthusiastic” sneezer. You may find that you fit into more than category as I did.

Sensitive Sneezers

Individuals who typically sneeze once are “sensitive” sneezers. They are polite and turn their heads away. These individuals like a relaxed pace, and have personalities which are warm and friendly. Relationships with others are high on their list of importance. They are loyal, calm, dependable and good listeners.

Be Right Sneezers

These sneezers keep the tissues handy and cover their mouths. They tend to be careful, accurate and deep thinkers who carefully consider what they will say before speaking. They are detailed, precise and catch mistakes that others miss.

Get It Done Sneezers

Their sneezes are big and loud but they prefer to hold them in. They are characterized as leaders who are fast, decisive and to the point. They are forceful, commanding and work to get things accomplished quickly.

Enthusiastic Sneezers

These are the sneezes heard by the neighbors. When these individuals sneeze, everyone notices and takes cover. Enthusiastic sneezers seem to be charismatic, social and have the ability to influence others. They are imaginative, think “out of the box,” articulate and enjoy a good conversation.

Other Findings

Another study found that sneeze styles may be genetic traits that are passed down from generation to generation. My husband and son both share the same loud, boisterous sneezing style while my daughter and I are more restrained, cover our mouths and turn our heads away.

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