Here’s an unscientific but fascinating personality test.
How many keys are on your keychain? How many of them do you actually use? And how many of those keys are total mysteries to you?
Maybe your chain stays lean and clean. Just the basics. House, car, office, mailbox.
Or maybe you’re someone who saves old keys from a former jobs and relationships that you keep around for sentimental value.
Then there’s people who carry dozens of keys because of their many work, family and community obligations.
Or the boy scouts whose lanyard keychains also include bottle openers, retail reward cards, mini flashlights, prayer beads, safety whistles, jump drives, fishing knives, warthog tusks and emergency glass breaking tools.
And don’t forget the occasional sovereign individuals whose simple and unencumbered lives doesn’t even require them to carry any keys.
Finally, there are the people whose chains are full of keys, but they have zero idea what those keys are intended to unlock, and they’re afraid to toss them out of a fear that they might come in handy one day.
Which bucket best describes you?
Naturally, there is no right or wrong answer to this test. There is no right or wrong way to do keys. Although it has been clinically proven that excessive weight on a key chain can damage your vehicle’s ignition system.
Point being, on the list of small things that can tell you a lot about a person in a short amount of time, looking at someone’s keychain is a useful window into their minds and a glimpse into their soul.
It possesses talismanic value.
If you’re recruiting candidates for an open position at your company, it might be an interesting interview question. If you’re running a team building exercise with your employees, it might be a fun way to get to know each other better.
Let people’s keys hold the keys.
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Which items most echoes your personal historical context?