November 15, 2018

Back in the ’50s There Was "Cigarette Psychology" – 9 Ways of Holding Your Cigarette and What It Says About You

Have you ever noticed that cigarette holding style of one person differ from another? Some people prefer holding cigarette between thumb and index figure while others enjoy it holding between index and middle finger. Are these different cigarettes’ holding styles revealing anything about their personality traits? Your guess is absolutely right.


The way a man holds his cigarette — along with such personal gestures as how he walks, sits, his nervous habits and hand motions—is a sure sign of his inner self. This is an article from a 1959 issue of Caper Magazine showing Dr. William Neutra’s analysis of personality, based on how people hold their cigarettes. It helps expose —or of least give a clue to—many otherwise hard-to-dig-up facts needed in treating the patient successfully.

These are seven examples of what Dr. Neutro has found out about men; also, two examples of ways women hold cigarettes. Curiously enough, however, the cigarette psychology doesn’t work on women. According to Dr. Neutro, women are so affected naturally in their regular posture that they’re more often than not too conscious of how they hold a cigarette, and therefore useless as subjects for this experiment.

1. Just a guess for this female mannerism: insecure, afraid to lose that cigarette. She probably holds on to her man like glue.



2. Typical grasp of a female bored with her date. She has to concentrate on the tip to keep from yawning.



3. Dr. Neutra claims this man is an intellectual, a very brainy type of guy, a contemplative character.



4. This person is generally unreliable, weak, hard to live with, and inclined to excessive lying.



5. Very tense individual, direct, straight-forward, inclined towards stubbornness.



6. A hail fellow, well-met character who enjoys high living. Sort of the Texas millionaire type.



7. This guy’s obviously daring, calculating, literally likes to “play with fire.”



8. A dreamer, always off on a tangent.



9. Very pessimistic, excessive in business caution.


(Images scanned by Vintage Scans)




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