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Study claims four basic personality types- optimistic, pessimistic, envious, trusting

Updated: Sep 17, 2016 14:27 IST

London [England], Sept. 17 (ANI): In a recent research, scientists claim that people can be broadly categorized into four personality types that are optimistic, pessimistic, envious or trusting.

The majority of people on the planet can be defined by one of four different personality types. And, according to the science, most of us fall into that last category, reports the Mirror.

Scientists put 541 different people into hundreds of different social situations that required them to either collaborate or conflict with others.

The team recorded their responses and fed the data into a computer to analyse.

The result showed that the largest group (30 ercent of participants) was defined as envious.

Lead author Jordi Duch said, "This type of classification algorithm has previously been used with success in other fields, such as biology."

"However, its application to the study of human behavior is quite revolutionary, given that previous works prefixed the behaviors expected before the experiment was carried out, instead of allowing an external system to then automatically give us information about which groupings were most logical," he added.

Optimistic and pessimistic personality types scored equal, with 20 percent of respondents falling into these categories.

Last on this list is the trusting group, who are classed as natural collaborators who don't mind if they win or lose.

The result was published in the Science Advances journal. (ANI)