Drink holding may signal personality type

June 5, 2009 That's according to Dr. Glenn Wilson, a psychologist who has observed the body language of 500 drinkers. The BBC says Dr. Wilson is a consultant psychologist who conducted the survey for a British bar chain. He says holding a drink displays a lot more about us than we realize. He has divided his subjects into eight personality types. Here are a few of them.

"The Flirt"

This person is usually a woman, Wilson says, who holds her glass with dainty, splayed fingers and uses it in a provocative way. She may hold the glass in a place where it draws attention to her attributes or peer over the rim to make eye contact.

"The Gossip"

Is also most likely to be a woman, according to Doctor Wilson. He says this drinker clusters together with her friends. She holds a wine glass by the bowl and uses it to make points in conversation - often critical points. She is inclined to lean over her drink toward others, to speak confidentially.

"The Wallflower"

Can be a man or woman, a shy, submissive person who holds the glass protectively as though afraid somebody will take it away. The glass is used as a social crutch; the drink is never quite finished, with a mouthful left in case of emergency.

"The Playboy"

The doctor says this male drinker is active and self-confident. He is inclined to hold a drink suggestively and be possessive.

Click here to read the BBC report on the study

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