It's a commonly known fact that, in general, people don't really pay as much attention to our quirks and other mannerisms as much as we think they do. However, when there's something that bothers them--something that they're set on paying attention to--they really do watch closely.

Here are 7 quirky things you need to stop doing to be really likable:

1. Showing up late

Even though being a couple minutes late is nothing out of the ordinary, it's still something people take note of--and something that people often find annoying if you consistently show up late.

2. Treating restaurant staff badly

The smallest of actions are usually the ones that tell the most about who people are. If you're bossy or demanding, or calm and polite to those serving you, the people you're with will definitely notice--whether that's for the better or worse.

3. Making it all about you

We all want to have a chance to shine, but when you make it all about you all the time, then there's no chance for anyone else to feel noticed or important too.

4. Writing illegibly

If it's illegible and reads more like scribbles than words, you could come off as careless and rushed. A lot can also be gathered by how much pressure you put on the paper (those who press down harder are usually more stubborn than those who don't).

5. Constantly checking your phone

People always notice how often others are not fully present, either pulling out their phones to refresh their feeds or send a barrage of text messages. In fact, one study suggests that those who are on their phones more frequently are less emotionally stable and often looking for ways to boost their moods.

6. Driving aggressively

Researchers found that those who drive aggressively are often impulsive, sensation-seekers, whereas those who drive slowly and carefully are more likely to be understanding and patient. Checking your phone while driving can be a big negative to those who are in the car with you.

7. Walking way too fast

Fast marchers are usually more high-strung and neurotic. Slow amblers, however, generally shows extroversion and a willingness to be adventurous. Yet, the traits typically associated with one's pace of gait don't necessarily line up with how walkers see themselves.

Published on: Nov 29, 2016
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