It’s the first study to suggest that dog attacks can be linked to people’s personalities.
The researchers conducted a mail-in survey of more than nearly 700 people in 385 household in the town of Cheshire, England.
They also asked respondents to fill out a 10-item personality test. The test measured the “Big Five” personality traits: extroversion, conscientiousness, openness to new experiences, agreeableness, and neuroticism (also called emotional stability).Of nearly 700 respondents, almost a quarter said that they had been bitten. Of those bitten, men were almost twice as likely to report a bite as women, and a little over half of respondents—just under 55%—had never met the dog who bit them before.
But perhaps the most compelling finding was an apparent link between dog bites and respondents who scored lowest for emotional stability on the personality test. The more emotionally unstable a person was, the more likely they were to have been bitten by a dog.
Does this mean that anxious people are at greater risk of getting bitten by a dog?
Yes, it does!