A thoughtful reader and fellow lover of taxonomies, Dianne Volek, suggested a new system of categories.
Let’s call the two types of people “Finishers and Openers.”
Do you get more satisfaction from…
- Throwing away a container or bottle after using the very last drop, or
- Opening a fresh new container
I’m a Finisher; my husband is an Opener. I love to extract the last tiny bit out of a tube of toothpaste, and he loves opening the new tube. True, I do love that first squeeze, and the first dip into a new jar of peanut butter, but I also enjoy using the very last bit of the old stuff. I feel a real sense of accomplishment when I use the last egg in a carton (as I did this morning).
Perhaps this explains the weird satisfaction I feel when something breaks or is worn out. Why do I like to see the worn spots on our sofa? Why do I like getting a hole in a pair of socks? Perhaps it’s my Finisher nature, delighting in the finish.
When I visited my sister a few weeks ago, I noticed that she had about twenty bottles of hair products in her shower. I suspect she’s an Opener.
I wonder if this is related to the distinction between Simplicity Lovers and Abundance Lovers.
Do these categories ring true for you? Are you a Finisher or an Opener?
I spent last weekend at the World Domination Summit, a terrific event created by my friend Chris Guillebeau. If you’ve never looked at his site, The Art of Non-Conformity, check it out. (Especially if you love to travel. I don’t love to travel, and even I get a lot out of it.)
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Rubin, G. (2013). Are You a Finisher or an Opener?. Psych Central. Retrieved on December 21, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/07/11/are-you-a-finisher-or-an-opener/