So it turns out what you do with your humble office mug can actually tell you a lot about your personality and the personalities of the people around you.
This is bloody great news if you like to psychoanalyse your workmates (and look, who doesn’t?) and silently judge them behind their backs.
In the book, Rubin has identified four hidden personality types that actually drive everything we do. They are the Upholder, the Questioner, the Obliger and the Rebel.
Upholders respond readily to both outer and inner expectations, Questioners question all expectations (they’ll only meet an expectation if they think it makes sense), Obligers meet outer expectations but struggle to meet their own expectations, and Rebels resist all expectations.
In a recent blog post, Gretchen asks her readers to imagine you’ve just been hired in sales at a small-medium sized office. You haven’t met the cleaners yet but you know they come in every night and you haven’t been told anything about the office rules around cleaning up in the kitchen.