We are all aware of the consequences of smoking cigarettes these days, and we do not condone it. The 1950s, on the other hand, were a different era, with intensive advertising and cultural pressure to smoke. Smoking was considered as the height of chic and sophistication, and most people were oblivious of any detrimental consequences.
This article from a 1959 issue of Caper Magazine presents a few examples of what psychotherapist Dr. William Neutra hypothesized after seeing how people choose to smoke. According to his psychoanalysis, the technique an individual uses to hold the cigarette casts a light on their character qualities, displaying their personality type, moods, and insecurities. Perhaps you recognize some of these if you smoke.
In the 1950s, a psychotherapist felt that the way a person holds a cigarette sheds light on their inner selves, revealing their personality type, moods, and insecurities.
A. A wild guess for this female mannerism: insecurity, fear of losing that cigarette. She's undoubtedly clinging to her man like glue.
B. The typical grip of a female who is bored with her date. She had to focus on the tip to avoid yawning.
C. According to Dr. Neutra, this man is an intellectual, a very brainy type of guy, and a contemplative character.
D. This individual is often untrustworthy, frail, difficult to deal with, and prone to excessive lying.
E. A highly tense individual who is direct, straightforward, and prone to stubbornness.
F. A well-known, well-liked figure who enjoys high life. Sort of like a Texas millionaire.
G. This guy is certainly brave and calculated, and he literally enjoys "playing with fire."
H. A daydreamer who is often off on a tangent.
I. Extreme pessimism, excessive business caution.