How Your Cinema Seat is Directly Linked to Your Personality?
A few days ago several online news outlets and blogs (e.g. here and here) reported that where we choose to sit in a cinema “could actually define [our] personality.” The sentence ends with my favorite phrase (tumblr needs a sarcasm font): “psychologists say.” And by psychologists they mean one psychologist: Japanese psychologist Hiromi Mizuki.
According to these news stories and blogs, Dr. Mizuki believes that “the inner workings of a person’s heart and mind can affect their choice of cinema seat.”
- Center front rows: People who sit in the front rows are sociable and want to feel connected with other people.
- Front corners: These people accept being inconvenienced. Since these people usually yield to the wants and desires of others, “Mizuki warns that people may take advantage of [their] weakness.”
- Center rows: People who like to sit in the center of movie theaters are supposed to be confident and decisive.
- Middle row sides: These people crave personal space and only gravitate towards those they feel they can be themselves with.
- Center back rows: People who sit in the center back rows are clam, collected, timid, and afraid of being influenced by others.
- Back corners: People who sit in the back corners want to know everything that’s going on without getting involved (out of lack of confidence).
But here’s the problem: From what I can gather from the articles, these ideas are based solely on Dr. Mizuki’s thoughts. They are not based on a psychological study. I did a Google search on “Dr. Hiromi Mizuki and personality” but could not find out more about her. All that came up were articles talking about this same thing, usually in identical sentences.
Furthermore, just because a psychologist says something DOES NOT mean the thing is automatically true. In fact, as I have expressed in a previous post, psychologists can be victims of cognitive biases, just like everyone else.
Lastly, as I have explained in previous posts (here and here), human personality is complex and cannot be “analyzed” with simple behaviors such as where we choose to sit in a movie theater, the way we sleep, or the way we eat freaking Oreos.
There are so many factors that influence our decisions in different situations. Maybe I chose to sit near the edges because I had an upset stomach that day.
Maybe I chose to sit in the front row because I couldn’t find parking space, or because the employees at McDonalds took forever making my bacon-stuffed burger and I arrived late to the movie.
Or maybe I chose to sit in the back corners because I was on a date and I wanted to fool around with her (don’t judge me—we have all done this at least once in our lifetimes!).