People’s possessions tell us much about them. For instance, there’s a link between cars and personality types. Yes, not all own cars. Yet, they’re a great case study for learning how to read personalities from other possessions.
Materialism, Cars and Personality Types
Just as sunny days often make people cheerier, the things people own can too. That’s materialism. This becomes more so as people identify with those things. Cars are key in this sense. Houses are another. Yet, it can be anything, even collections of things
Now, the theme is this: people seek to build a world that compensates for what’s inside. If people feel fearful, they build protection. Feeling adventurous, they build things to take them places. In short, the outside addresses what’s missing or low on the inside.
Take a flashy car. One that attracts looks. This might make up for one who is unremarkable without the car, perhaps quiet. Yet, it could also make up for one who is flashy. The story here is that she does not feel enough people know this. So, the car is an advertisement on wheels.
Take an unkempt car. The car might make up for one who’s too clean, logical and organized inside. The car takes a back seat. It’s busy inside. The unkempt car could also express ruggedness and toughness that is missing or needs advertising. Think of a dirty sports or military uniform.
Asking And Observing
Again, the person might not lack this. It just might not be sufficient. It’s relative too. A powerful person can like a car for its power, but that does not mean she feels she has enough power. It also does not mean she feels people acknowledge her power enough. So, the car advertises it for her.
In the end, what we learn from one’s car is just one clue. We explore what we learn here with other things one owns. Perhaps a red car just shows he likes the color. Does he own other red?
Putting too much stock in one thing, one clue, is a big mistake. In order to type the whole personality, we need to look at the whole person and all the things he owns.
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