Friday, October 27, 2006

Personality profiling

A friend posted the results of a personality profiling test. It seemed accurate for her, even somewhat insightful. So I took it. The results are posted below:

My Personality

Openness To Experience

You are neither a subdued loner nor a jovial chatterbox. You enjoy time with others but also time alone. You are generally calm and composed, reacting moderately well to situations that most people would describe as stressful. Novelty, variety, and change spice up your life and make you a curious, imaginative, and creative person. You have some concern with others' needs, and are generally pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative. You are reasonably reliable, organized, and self-controlled.

Neuroticism 20
You are a calm person who is considered almost fearless by some. You rarely get angry and it takes a lot to make you angry. You very rarely feel depressed and are usually in a good frame of mind. You are not generally self conscious about yourself. You feel strong cravings and urges that you have difficulty resisting. You tend to prefer short-term pleasures and rewards over long-term consequences. You are poised, confident, and clear-thinking when stressed.

Extraversion 50

You generally make friends easily enough although you mostly don't go out of your way to demonstrate positive feelings toward others. You like crowds but sometimes feel overwhelmed by them. Sometimes you feel like you need some privacy and time for yourself. You are an active group participant but usually prefer to let someone else be the group leader. You lead a leisurely and relaxed life. You would prefer to sit back and smell the roses than indulge in high energy activities. You love bright lights and hustle and bustle. You are likely to take risks and seek thrills. You experience a range of positive feelings, including happiness, enthusiasm, optimism, and joy.

Openness to Experience 77

You are a moderately imaginative person who enjoys a good balance between the real world and fantasy. You are reasonably interested in the arts but are not totally absorbed by them. You tend not to express your emotions openly and are sometimes not even aware of your own feelings. You are eager to try new activities, travel to foreign lands, and experience different things. You find familiarity and routine boring, and will take a new route home just because it is different. As a person who is open-minded to new and unusual ideas, you love to play with and think about ideas. You also like to debate intellectual issues and often enjoy riddles, puzzles and brain teasers. Often you exhibit a readiness to challenge authority, convention, and traditional values. Sometimes you feel a certain degree of hostility toward rules and perhaps even enjoy ambiguity.

Agreeableness 56

You mostly assume that people are honest and fair, however you are wary and hold back from trusting people completely. There are times when you believe that a certain amount of deception in social relationships is necessary, however you are mostly candid, frank and sincere. People find it moderately easy to relate to you. You will help others if they are in need. If people ask for too much of your time you feel that they are imposing on you. You dislike confrontations and are perfectly willing to compromise or to deny your own needs in order to get along with others. You feel superior to those around you and sometimes tend to be seen as arrogant by other people. You are mostly a compassionate person, however you prefer to make objective judgments when possible.

Conscientiousness 51
You believe that you have the intelligence, common sense, drive, and self-control necessary for achieving success. You are well-organized and like to live according to routines and schedules. Often you will keep lists and make plans. Your sense of duty and obligation is average and although you are mostly responsible you can sometimes be unreliable. You are content to get by with a minimal amount of work, and might be seen by others as lazy. You have a reasonable amount of will-power and are able to follow through on tasks that you feel you need to complete. You can be distracted however and have been known to procrastinate. You are not an overly cautious person. You will think about alternatives and consequences but make up your mind fairly quickly.

Personal assessment of the results (itemized at the bottom of the results page):
I find it fascinating that on the breakdown of the various subcategories, under the "Neuroticism" category, I scored an 80 for "Immoderation", which accounts for the statement "You feel strong cravings and urges that you have difficulty resisting". I would probably say that "Self-consiousness" should be higher and "Anxiety" lower, except the past year or so, I have been more anxious than 'normal'.

Under "Extraversion", I think the "excitement seeking" rating is too high (71), especially as it results in the statement "You love bright lights and hustle and bustle", but it probably reflects my old adrenaline-addict (skydiving anyone?) mentality. Overall, though, its a fair assessment.

"Openness" Is spot-on I would say, especially the low (20) "Emotionality" score and the statement "You tend not to express your emotions openly and are sometimes not even aware of your own feelings", though I can say that two years ago, the score probably would have been 5 at most. I think the the high Liberalness and Intellect scores are correct.

On "Agreeableness" I am uncertain, since it is difficult for me to be objective about the results. However, I find it interesting that I scored an 82 on "Cooperperation" which was the third highest sub-category score on the test, after Liberalness and Intellect. I also find it amusing that of all the subcategories in "Agreeableness" I scored lowest in "Modesty". Heh.

"Conscientiousness" is an interesting one, as it has to do with self-control and perceptions. I scored highest on "Self-Efficacy"(You believe that you have the intelligence, common sense, drive, and self-control necessary for achieving success)and lowest on "Acheivement-Striving" (You are content to get by with a minimal amount of work, and might be seen by others as lazy). Both are correct, though, with regards to the latter in the professional realm, I am often percieved as being a whiz at turning up the quickest, most efficient way of doing something--which praises I tend to counter with "I'm too lazy to do anything the long, hard way." The scores have given me some things to think about, since my awareness of my ability to do anything I want is not backed by any wants. I want for little, I do not seem to need success, and often, my drive for something is heavily moderated by my cooperativeness--if someone wants something more than I do, I let them have it-- and my laziness--I can't be bothered to fight over something.

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Blogger kujmous said... take the same test, and answer how you think you would be most happy answering. See how far you think you are from being the person you want to be.

2:09 PM, October 29, 2006  
Blogger KR Silkenvoice said...

What an interesting and insightful recommendation, kujmous. I just might do that.

10:36 PM, October 29, 2006  

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