”Riding and Wigley (1997) contended that there seems to be a potential overlap between thinking styles and personality”
(quoted from Li-Fang Zhang’s article in link 1)
Riding and Wiglet must have missed the "50 questions that make you realize that your personality is just thoughts arising in your mind" magazine test;)
In a Buddhist context, the quote from the article becomes almost meaningless, since it’s comparing “thinking” (in general) with a specific kind of thinking (thoughts about your personality), - and concluding from this, that there is “a potential overlap” between the two.
It’s like comparing a bucket of water with water.
Of course there is an overlap!
But I agree – thoughts can indeed overlap.
Let’s say you eat a sandwich and watch a seagull at the same time.
Choosing which thoughts are “just thoughts” - and which ones represent “your personality”, is not exactly easy.
If your sandwich-related thoughts are “just thoughts”, while your thoughts about the intimidating seabird represent “your personality” - it would make you a bird-watcher, eating a sandwich.
But if it’s the other way around, - you’re a sandwich-eater, watching a seagull.
Can you be both?
There is an overlap.