A psychologist has revealed the deeper meaning behind your spreading on toast preferences.
Human behavioural expert Darren Stanton, from Nottingham, has revealed that ‘Gliders’, who glide the knife over the bread for an even spread – something 50 per cent of the 2,000 adults polled claim to do – tend to be easy-going and calm natured.
They successfully glide through life, unphased by hurdles or moments of stress.
Meanwhile, research from Flora, showed that the 19 percent of adults who prefer ‘Total Coverage’ by spreading all the way to, and including, the crusts – are considered to be very methodical.
Their precise nature means they are usually the organised one of their friendship group.
Darren Stanton, a psychologist from Nottingham, has revealed what your spreading on toast technique says about your personality
Mr Stanton said: ‘In the seemingly mundane act of putting a spread on toast, layers of our personality are unveiled.
‘Some spread with precision, others with spontaneity – how we spread mirrors our resilience, patience, and attention to detail.
‘This seemingly simple task becomes a canvas of our subconscious, revealing traits we might not even be aware of.
‘The next time you spread your toast, remember, you could be revealing more about your personality than you might think.’
The human behavioural expert also commented on the five per cent of adults who make an effort to avoid the crust, believing these people are very neat and tidy.
‘Crust-Avoiders’ fear making a mess and are procedural – but are typically great at admin and may describe themselves as a perfectionist.
Here Mr Stanton explains the different types of spreading techniques and what they might mean.
Gliders – the most common of all spreading types – tend to be easy-going and calm in nature. They successfully glide through life, unphased by hurdles or moments of stress
Gliders are those who glide their knife over the bread for an even spread.
This technique is the most common of all spreading types – and can reveal someone is easy going, laid back and calm natured, even when confronted with change.
They follow things routinely and are always on time for a meeting or get-together.
Gliders are happy to go with the status quo and tend to glide through life quite successfully, unbothered by hurdles or moments of stress.
They’re always able to focus and remain calm when others might be shocked.
They are also good at listening to others since they never seem to have any problems themselves.
Research from Flora showed the 19 percent of adults who prefer ‘Total Coverage’ by spreading all the way to, and including, the crusts – are considered to be very methodical
Total coverage are those who spread right up to the edges.
These are very methodical people. They make sure that every inch of the bread is covered, and that just the right amount of spread is applied equally across the surface.
To leave something bare on the toast is like leaving something half-finished in life for them.
They tend to be very precise people, who follow their own rules and like ‘everything in its place’.
If they had friends round for dinner everything would be immaculately organised.
They are likely to be that person who organises the group holiday or takes the lead on scheduling a group Christmas dinner months in advance.
It’s about control, making sure every inch is covered and nothing is left to chance.
‘Clumpers’ – those who don’t spread evenly and often leave clumps on the bread – are sporadic in nature, and think outside the box
Clumpers don’t bother to spread evenly.
Individuals who clump their spread don’t care about missing parts of the bread or where the lumps and bumps are – or even if the spread is thin or thick.
These people tend to be quite sporadic, and think outside the box in life.
They tend to do things their own way, and they will generally be the sort of people that are late for appointments and always think they have more time to spare than they have.
In terms of spreading, if the condiment hits the bread, then they’re happy.
Those who favour a hefty amount of spread on their toast are said to be open-minded and always up for a good time
Mr Stanton explained that these individuals go all out with the amount of spread they enjoy on their toast.
This group of people generally have a very happy disposition. They see the best in life, which is reflected in putting lashings of delicious spread in abundance all over their toast.
When it comes to parties or get-togethers, guests are in for a good time, since happiness, along with an open mind, is very much a key character trait of this type of spreader.
Last but not least they love to indulge. They don’t see why they would hold back when it comes to enjoying things they like in life.
Crust-avoiders are people who never touch the edge of their toast with spread, and are said to be very neat
These individuals will never touch the crust with spread.
People who don’t spread to the edges are very neat and tidy.
What they fear is the spread spilling off the edge of the bread or toast, dripping on to them or on the floor. This makes them very procedural.
Everything needs to be in its place, because crust avoiders are perfectionists who fear making a mess.
Because they are orderly people, they’re likely great at life admin and are super organised, but don’t necessarily shout about it.
Those who enjoy spread on both sides of their toast are said to be the most unique of all, and don’t mind standing out from others
Double-siders are those who spread on both sides.
These people tend to be the most unique of all spreaders. They are creative people who use the abstract side of their brain. Very few individuals would spread their bread on both sides.
Double-siders are reasonably extroverted and don’t mind standing out from the crowd. They enjoy life to the maximum – whether it’s savouring every moment of a holiday, or creating a totally indulgent slice of toast.
They’re likely flamboyant with their clothes and appearance. In psychology, these people would be ‘internally referenced’, which means they trust their own instincts on decision-making, rather than following what everyone else is doing.
Individuals who rip their toast and spread individual pieces of bread one at a time are fun and outgoing
Next is people who rip the bread and spread individual pieces one at a time.
People with the bread-tearing character trait do not like surprises and do not like to perform in a lesser way than they know they are capable of.
The breaking of the bread is preparing which piece of the toast they will eat, rather than diving into the full or half slice.
This person has good communication skills because they’re used to breaking things down and thinking in different ways, using their ability to build trust and rapport with other people.
They are fun outgoing types, and can be sporadic in nature. Making things up as they go along, they like to do things their own way.
Curlers – those who use a gadget to shape their spread – are said to consider themselves as street smart
Curlers are those who use a gadget to shape their spread.
The Curlers are perfectionists – a bunch of people who tend to want to do things their own ‘unique way’. They use a special implement to curl their spread.
This makes it incredibly easy to spread and leaves the typical curler feeling smug, believing their way is clearly the best.
There have even been competitions for curlers with the most original and unique design.
In life, they tend to seek out the more obscure method to solve a problem, they will likely be very good at puzzles or lateral thinking and others will consider themselves to be street smart and have a unique way to approach life.
Barely-there toast spreaders enjoy a small amount of product on their food – and tend to be ‘outdoorsy’
Lastly, Mr Stanton explained those who use a minimal amount of spread and leave gaps.
These individuals do not want to overpower the taste of the bread by laying it with spread. Hence they much prefer to savour the taste and texture just like a good wine.
Mr Stanton says these people tend to live in the moment, and are quite ‘outdoorsy’. They are ‘go-getter’ types, and not ones to rest on their laurels, so some may find it very difficult to keep up with them.
The lack of spread also signifies they want to spend as little time as possible on breakfast. They’d rather get out into the great outdoors and seize the day.
Mr Stanton added that ‘barely-there’ spreaders may also be health conscious and prefer to go light on the spread for this reason.