Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Here’s something neat that I thought people might be interested in. It’s a personality quiz that claims not to be based on junk science. I mean, that probably isn’t true, but it’s still neat.

How it works is you answer a few question and it rates you on five qualities: Openness to experience, Extraversion, Negative emotionality, Conscientiousness, and Agreeableness. Each of those five qualities also has three sub-qualities, although I’m not going to get into all of them myself. Take the quiz yourself if you want to see them.

The average is that people end up with a kind of pentagram shape showing how much of each trait they embody, although the comparisons they gave show that the national average ends with most people having one much shorter side—the negative emotionality. I, on the other hand, had only a four out of a hundred in extraversion while my negative emotionality was off the charts.

I was not surprised by this.

I doubt something so short can really demonstrate the complexities of a human personality, but I found it amusing nonetheless. And accurate. If any of you guys want to try it, I’d love to hear what you think about it.


  1. Why is it that we are so fascinated with online personality tests? I guess we want to understand ourselves? (I'm at school right now, so I won't be trying this just yet. Maybe later.)

  2. Probably, I'm not going to go do that.
    I'm not much for personality quizzes since they invariably fall back on behavior and can be traced back to Myers/Briggs in some form or another.
    The Enneagram is really the only personality describer I've found to be accurate over time.

  3. Interesting. Two of the indicators suggested I'd be a religious type - even going so far as to say I was a Ned Flanders. Not even close, test.


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