ARMCHAIR MAYOR – It’s time for introverts to throw off our shackles

Four personalities as illustrated by 17th century art theorist Charles Le Brun.

ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY, there are only four types of personalities. This flies in the face of previous wisdom that there are eight, or even 16.

I can narrow it down even more — there are actually only two. But more on that in a minute.

The study was done by researchers at Northwestern University in the U.S. based on 1.5 million questionnaires, concluding there are four clusters of personalities: Average (that’s most people), Reserved, Self-centered and Role Models.

The researchers are even pondering the question of whether entire countries might trend toward certain personality types. I’m guessing Canada would fit into Reserved.

You can take the survey online to see which one you are if you want. I did; it told me what I already know — like Canada, I am “probably more reserved and quiet than most others.”


Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops, former school board chair, former editor of The Kamloops Daily News, and a current director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He was awarded the Jack Webster Foundation’s lifetime achievement award in 2011. His editorials are published Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays on CFJC Today, CFJC Midday and CFJC Evening News. Contact him at


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