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Your Vacation Destination Really Does Reflect Your Personality

New research shows introverts do, in fact, prefer the mountains.
Waves crash against cliffs south of Big Sur, California.
Waves crash against cliffs south of Big Sur, California.AP Photo/Anja Schlein

The idea that your personality can be revealed through a few seemingly arbitrary choices has been around since Freudian days. Purplish grey or vibrant tangerine? Sandy cabana or hermit’s cabin? In the Internet age, it’s the premise that launched a thousand, narcissistic quizzes.

Turns out, when it comes to geography, your preferences do connect with how extraverted or introverted you are, according to new work in the Journal of Research in Personality. In a series of studies, University of Virginia psychologist Shigehiro Oishi and colleagues Thomas Talhelm and Minha Lee found that extraverts prefer the beach to the mountains, while introverts prefer the opposite.