Then I’ll begin… with a tail of social observation that proves the bus is more than a means of getting from A to B. It’s also a vehicle for social observation.
Chances are when you sit in the staff canteen, at church or on the bus, you’ll pick the same seat every time. We feel comfortable with our familiar territory. But, for those who travel by bus, more appears to be at play.
Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph devoted a substantial part of page 7 to psychological research that purports to determine (or indicate) your personality based on where you sit on the bus. This obviously applies more to passengers than drivers! The photograph below explains the relationship between location and personality. Click the picture to enlarge.
Are these maxims correct for you? Does where *you* sit reveal something of your personality?
But, there are questions. Where might ‘forward thinkers’ sit on a single deck? Are bus enthusiasts ‘risk takers’ or ‘forward thinkers’? Did those who in winter used to sit at the lower rear of a Wilts & Dorset Bristol VR take risks or just pragmatically wish to stay warm? Do ‘sociable-meeters-and-greeters’ extend to that young-ish lady stood talking to the male driver?
Have the researchers ever observed a double deck bus on a Saturday, with youngsters upstairs scaring the life out of everyone else crowded downstairs?
As for personality, a friend who steadfastly used to sit at the rear was once accosted as he passed a Scientology centre. Would he like to come in for a free personality test, they asked. No, he said, it was OK, as he explained that he didn’t have a personality, to which the reply came, ‘that’s OK, come in and we’ll give you one’. Or so the apocryphal story goes...
Seven personality types as defined by where you sit:
- Upper deck front seats: forward thinkers
- Upper deck middle: independent-minded
- Upper deck rear: rebellious types
- Lower deck front: sociable meeters-and-greeters
- Lower deck middle: strong communicators
- Lower deck rear: risk-takers
- Anywhere (no preference): chameleons who fit in anywhere