Sneezing absorbs all the functions of the soul just as much as the
(sexual) act, but we do not draw from it the same conclusions against the
greatness of man, because it is involuntary; although we bring it about, we do
so involuntarily. It is not for the sake of the thing in itself but for another
end, and is therefore not a sign of man's weakness, or his subjection to this
act. - Blaise Pascal, the French scientist and philosopher.
sternutation is the forcible expulsion of air from nose and mouth. It is an
involuntary action caused mainly by irritation of the mucus membrane of nose.
Sneezing is also caused by some allergens such as pollen grains, dust particles
etc. A recent US study suggests that sneezing can reveal a lot about your
Dr. Alan Hirsch
, a psychiatrist, neurologist and
founder of the Smell & Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago
said that your sneezing pattern reflects certain specific components of your
personality. He mentioned that till
date no studies have been conducted to examine different sneezing styles and
what they indicate.
"Sneezes are like
laughter. Some (laughs) are loud, some are soft. And it's similar with
sneezing. It will often be the same from youth onward in terms of what it
sounds like," he said. "It's more of a psychological thing and
represents the underlying personality or character structure."
An extrovert and outgoing person is likely to have an
explosive and loud sneeze.
a shy and timid person will have a Minnie Mouse-type sneeze.
sneezing is an involuntary phenomenon, part of the body's mechanism of defense,
a way of clearing out bacteria or other agents that would be injurious,"
says Dr Gordon Siegel, a Chicago-area otolaryngologist. "That being said,
you can control to a degree the way it comes out."
Dr. Siegel said that
the shape of one's nose and the structure of bones of one's face affect some
degree of one's sneezing style.