What do the Contents of Your Purse Say about Your Mental Health?

mental health purse contentsWhen you reach into your purse, are you able to locate what you were looking for quickly due to careful organization, or do you have to rummage through old receipts and candy wrappers first? No two people keep the contents of their purse the same way, but did you know that the items inside your purse can actually speak to your mental health disorders ? Studies have shown that the contents and level of organization of your purse are statistically linked to certain mental health profiles.

A person who carries a large amount of make up, for example, is more likely to be overly focused on self image than the average person. This type of person will excessively look into mirrors and scrutinize their appearance, and will reach for the make up they carry with them nearly four times more than the average person.

Someone who keeps an excessive amount of non-prescription medication in their purse may be a drug addict or a hypochondriac. Addicts never like to be very far from the substance or activity they are addicted to, and hypochondriacs have an unrealistic fear and interpretation of disease. In a similar vein, someone who always has hand wipes on them is likely to be germophobic.

If someone carries around a number of electronic devices, such as cell phones, cameras, mp3 players voice recorders and tablets, it is a strong possibility that they have an obsession with technology. Addiction to technology is a frequently occurring phenomenon in North America, and those afflicted with it are seldom seen without a plethora of electronic devices.

And lastly, and perhaps most obviously, a person with a completely cluttered purse is likely to be chronically disorganized, which could be caused by a number of mental health problems. It is typical for a person with a messy, cluttered purse to also have a messy, cluttered living and working space, as well as a mismanaged personal calendar. Find out more information on your mental health here.