No Lie: Intelligent People Are Less Likely to Keep Their Clothes on at Home

Updated 05/06/19
Chris Craymer for Trunk Archive

Do you have a tendency to strip down the moment you walk through your front door? Is your preferred state of relaxation lounging sans clothing in the comfort of your own home? Well, as science would have it, this propensity for domestic nudity could speak to your intelligence.

In a new paper published in Personality and Individual Differences, researchers Benjamin P. Chapman and Lewis R. Goldberg investigated a data set from the '90s that utilized the Big Five personality scale—the most popular and recognized way to assess people's personalities. The Big Five breaks personalities down into five factors: extraversion, conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness to experience (which is used interchangeably with intelligence), and agreeableness. Respondents from the original study took a Big Five test and also answered questions associated with the Act-Frequency Approach—identifying their frequency of doing mundane activities in everyday life.

Chapman and Goldberg performed calculations with the data to determine a list of behaviors most closely associated with Big Five characteristics.

The most striking finding was within the intellect category. Respondents with higher intellects, or more openness to experience, were more likely to lounge around the house without clothes on. In addition to practicing domestic nudity, those in the high-intellect set were also more likely to eat spicy breakfasts, buy organic food, and not follow a sports team closely.

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