A friend and I were having a conversation yesterday and she asked, “Would you consider yourself more of a dog person or cat person?” I replied I like both. She explained she was not asking which I liked better, but what personality traits are similar to mine.
According to her, the canine person is considered an extrovert, loyal, kind, faithful, social, down-to-earth, and a good collaborator. A feline person is considered more subtle, introvert, mysterious, independent, and contemplative.
Again I replied, a little of both. She was not thrilled with that answer, and wanted a black and white response. So I conceded to stating I am a dog person. I really hate stereotypes, so many cliche ridden definitions of people, who in reality are all quite different, but my response satisfied her interest. The only reason I came to that conclusion was I have six dogs and only one cat. I don’t think she would have been satisfied with my answer had she known how it was concluded, however I was in no mood to get all philosophic. I just wanted to eat my yogurt.
Later that day, the question started to nag me. Not so much which animal was I more like, but what would I consider my personality traits? Loyal, independent, goofy, nurturing, positive, extrovert … yep, I think I am more like a chimpanzee.
Now the question is what animal are you?