Which State Do Your Mannerisms Belong In?

By: Teresa McGlothlin

Which State Do Your Mannerisms Belong In?
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About This Quiz

Even without noticing, we make hundreds of small movements every day. From wringing our hands when we are nervous to unknowingly crossing our arms when we are feeling defensive, our mannerisms are like built-in markers that reveal our inner feelings. Once we examine the small gestures you make every day, we'll be able to tell you which state is the perfect one for you. 

Every state in the U.S. has a different flavor and a different set of mannerisms. You might have the poker face of a Texan, but do your hands send another message to the world? Using our questions, we're going to get to know your body language, the way you react in social situations and the subtle ways you present yourself to the world. After we feel like we're sitting in the same room observing you, we'll match you with the mannerisms most common to a specific state. 

As you go through this quiz, take notice of where your hands are placed, what your face is doing and the way you're sitting in your chair, then answer with the option that sums up your quirks the best. By the time you're done, we'll know which state you are meant to reside in. Which one do you think it will be?

Do you tap your fingers when you're impatient?
I haven't noticed myself tapping my fingers.
I do it all the time.
I tend to shake my foot more.
No, but I do get fidgety.

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What do you do with your hands when you're working?
They are usually typing.
I rub my chin a lot when I'm thinking.
I keep them in my lap.
My hands are usually busy helping customers.

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Do you cross your legs when you sit on your couch?
I usually sprawl out on the couch.
I cross my legs everywhere I sit.
My legs are usually on the coffee table.
I keep both feet on the floor.

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When you're anxious, do you bite your nails?
That's disgusting.
Guilty!
I bite them when they're too long.
Biting my nails would ruin my manicure.

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How do you walk when you're in a hurry?
I tend to book it.
I do a half-sprint when I'm in a hurry.
I don't really get in a hurry.
I walk normally. I'll get there when I get there.

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If someone tells you something you know isn't true, how do you react?
I let it slide.
My face says it all for me.
I usually gasp in disbelief.
I tend to call them out.

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Do you accentuate your words by using your hands?
If I'm giving a speech, I do.
I always talk with my hands.
I use my hands to get my point across.
I'm not sure. I'll have to take notice.

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Where do you place your napkin when you eat?
It's on my lap.
I tuck my napkin into my shirt.
I leave in on the table.
I always forget the napkins.

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Do you put your hands over your mouth when you're surprised?
I jump up and down when I'm surprised.
I do put my hands over my mouth.
It depends on the surprise I'm given.
I put my hands over my heart when I'm surprised.

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What do you do when making tough decisions?
I pace across the floor.
I rub my head a lot.
I wring my hands sometimes.
I get lost in my thoughts and sit quietly.

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Do you play with your hair a lot?
I'm always running my hands through my hair.
I don't have enough hair to play with.
I do twirl my hair when I'm thinking.
My hair is usually pulled back.

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What is your facial expression like when you're driving?
I look determined when I drive.
I'm always singing along to the radio.
I look like I'm having fun when I drive.
I always look serious behind the wheel.

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Do you stand with your arms folded across your chest?
If I'm feeling defensive, I do.
I always keep my hands in my pockets.
I always keep my hands by my side.
I stand like that a lot.

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Are you affectionate with your friends?
We greet each other with hugs.
I'm only affectionate with my family.
I'm more affectionate with my partner.
I'm affectionate with everyone.

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When you go grocery shopping, what are you like in the store?
I try to get out as quickly as possible.
I take my time and check the best prices.
I order my groceries online.
I like to run into people I know and chat.

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Do you ever cry when you watch movies?
Romantic movies always make me cry.
Happy movies make me weep.
I only cry about real-life stuff.
I'm too tough to cry over a movie.

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When you hug someone, do you pat them on the back?
I do pat them on the back.
I prefer to squeeze firmly.
My hugs are too quick for back patting.
I tend the hold their shoulder.

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Do you prefer to drink out of a glass or a bottle?
I used a refillable bottle.
I like to use glasses.
I drink from a straw most of the time.
I drink out of plastic bottles a lot.

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Do you bob your head when you listen to music?
I tap my foot more.
I do bob along to a good song.
I break out into a dance.
I don't think I bob my head.

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Do you clench your jaw when you're stressed?
It's a really bad habit of mine.
My jaw is permanently clenched.
I ball up my fists more often.
I don't allow myself to get that stressed out.

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When you are feeling anticipation, do you bite your lip?
I bite my lip more when I concentrate.
I do bite my lip when I'm nervous.
I tap my fingers more.
I never bite my lip.

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How would you describe your posture?
I slouch more than I should.
I have great posture.
I could have better posture at my desk.
I'm always working on my posture.

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Do you make eye contact when someone is talking to you?
I always maintain eye contact.
I tend to look all around them.
I make eye contact before I look away.
I make eye contact when we first meet.

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How close to you stand to someone during a conversation?
I believe in personal space of at least a foot.
I stand close.
I give about an arm's length of space.
It depends how well I know the person I'm speaking with.

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Are you the kind of person that chews on pen caps?
I'm guilty of that!
I do chew on pencils.
That's really gross.
I prefer to have a toothpick nearby.

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How many times do you check the clock during a work day?
Every few minutes
Once or twice
A few times
Never

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Do you always chew with your mouth closed?
I've never really noticed.
Of course I do!
It drives me insane when people do that!
Sometimes I take big bites and have to chew with my mouth open.

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What do you do when you stand in a long line?
I strike up a conversation.
I play on my phone.
I sway back and forth.
I keep to myself and observe others.

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Do you ever find yourself tugging at your earlobes?
I'm always messing with my earrings.
I tug at my ears when I'm bored.
I don't touch my earlobes.
I rub my neck more often.

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Do you crack your knuckles when you're thinking?
No, but I do crack them.
I stretch more than crack my knuckles.
I can't stand that sound.
I do crack them when I'm thinking.

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