Tattoos are already a real social and aesthetic phenomenon. Ever since they’ve moved from prison environments to fashion catwalks and all kinds of demographic groups in most Western countries, they’ve become so normalized that they’re not a little weird anymore, like they used to be. a few decades.
According to estimates from the Spanish Academy of Dermatology, one in three Spaniards between the ages of 18 and 35, the millennial generation, has at least one tattoo. This is not an isolated case: in the United States, nearly a third of people have their skin tattooed in one way or another, according to the Pew Research Center.
In view of this rapid expansion, it is only natural that social and personality psychologists are interested in knowing what traits and psychological characteristics define people who wear tattoos.
Personality traits of tattooed people
It is clear that each individual is a world; it is a principle which is taken into account by all researchers engaged in the study of individual differences.
However, it is also true that in many cases certain personality traits make us more likely to perform certain behaviors. This occurs with the propensity to use drugs, to marry and many others, among which also seems to be getting tattooed or more.
Recently, a group of researchers from the University of England Ruskin conducted a study just to detect the personality traits that characterize people with tattoos compared to the rest of the population.
To conduct this study, a number of volunteers, tattooed or not, were recruited to perform a personality test. Based on the analysis of all the accumulated data, the team will uncover three basic personality traits in anyone who wears tattoos. These are basically the three that we will see below.
Extraversion is a personality trait that tells us how much people depend on external stimuli in the immediate environment. Specifically, who is extrovert tends to seek out complex and socially rich environments, And full of stimuli, unlike introverted people, who show some degree of anxiety if they feel overwhelmed by external stimuli.
In practice, extroverted people are more sociable, as they very often prefer to be in crowded places and where there are large groups, sounds and visual stimuli. They come across as energetic individuals, although situations in which there is a certain degree of loneliness and isolation can bring down their mood, which introverts do not.
2. Openness to experience
This research shows that people with tattoos they have a significant tendency to welcome new experiences with joy. This means that in general the changes that occur in life over time are not seen as a bad thing, which happens, for example, with conservatives.
On the other hand, the search for new experiences is seen as something exciting for those with this type of personality, while monotonous situations quickly cause disgust. In general, everything related to adventure and the possibility of assuming a certain degree of risk he lives with pleasure.
3. Motivation to stand out
It is well known that many people claim to get a tattoo just because they love them or because they have a sense that they know more than anyone else. Of course, it is very possible that in the case of hundreds of thousands of people with tattoos this is so, but this study found that in general, whoever decides to get a skin tattoo shows a strong motivation to stand out from the crowd.
From these data, the use of this type of aesthetic and symbolic resources can be seen as an attempt to build an identity in front of others; have something to tell through stories drawn by the ink that decorates the bodyThese stories usually have something to do with the wearer’s philosophy of life or with important events that have happened in their life.
After all, even these smaller, more hidden tattoos raise questions and excuses for being able to explain how life is or was lived. The fact that very few people see some of them is in itself something that gives strength to their power of expression, as the discretion and intimacy associated with them leads to a clear emotional impact on whoever them is. looked.