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Finally, A Personality Quiz Backed By Science

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  1. [6]
    Bishop Link
    not sure what to make of this - also not sure what i wanted this all to cover haha. i'm not sure how much stock i have in a personality quiz with < 20 questions. i know the meyers-briggs isn't...

    not sure what to make of this - also not sure what i wanted this all to cover haha.

    i'm not sure how much stock i have in a personality quiz with < 20 questions. i know the meyers-briggs isn't exactly the most solid quiz itself, but it feels like it goes into a lot more depth.


    results:

    • Openness to Experience: 96 / 100

    • Agreeableness: 79 / 100

    • Conscientiousness: 17 / 100

    • Negative emotionality: 88 / 100

    • Extraversion: 50 / 100

    i personally feel like i should have a higher mark on conscientiousness and extraversion - but the rest seem 'bout right - hah.

    though i can see how they arrive at those results based off of the amount of questions asked - with such a small sample to draw from, it's hard to identify conscientiousness from laze, and the same from a lack of emotional energy.

    8 votes
    1. [2]
      Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
      It has 30 questions. That's 6 questions per trait, or 2 questions per sub-trait. And each question is basically "Are you high or low in this sub-trait?" - with two versions of each question for...

      a personality quiz with < 20 questions

      It has 30 questions. That's 6 questions per trait, or 2 questions per sub-trait. And each question is basically "Are you high or low in this sub-trait?" - with two versions of each question for confirmation.

      That's sufficient.

      4 votes
      1. tumbzilla Link Parent
        Actually, it's the bare minimum number of questions required to have a structural equation model converge. That said, these questions were probably selected as they're the most sensitive questions...

        Actually, it's the bare minimum number of questions required to have a structural equation model converge. That said, these questions were probably selected as they're the most sensitive questions for each sub-trait out of the > 90 questions they probably started with

        10 votes
    2. [3]
      tomf Link Parent
      yeah, this is how I felt. A few years ago This American Life had an episode titled, Play the Part that mentioned this aspie quiz. I do the test every couple of years and typically land higher than...

      yeah, this is how I felt. A few years ago This American Life had an episode titled, Play the Part that mentioned this aspie quiz. I do the test every couple of years and typically land higher than others that I know, even though I'm not diagnosed with Asperger's (which is a whole other can of worms.)

      Are you the type who feeds off of parties and other social functions, but also needs alone time to balance the 'diet'?

      Regarding the overall accuracy, It would be interesting to see how people's test results compare to random numbers... using =RANDBETWEEN(50,100) in Sheets, this was my score

      • Openness to experience - 89
      • Agreeableness - 88
      • Conscientiousness - 60
      • Negative emotionality - 64
      • Extraversion - 87

      I feel as though these random numbers offer the same level of accuracy as the test (3/5, if not 7/10.) I did skew it by using 50 as my floor, though... maybe that speaks to my personality more than anything.

      1 vote
      1. [2]
        Bishop Link Parent
        i will say that the survey performed better than random for me - the one that feels closest out of these random results is extraversion, but even thats ~10 pts higher than i'd personally have it....

        i will say that the survey performed better than random for me - the one that feels closest out of these random results is extraversion, but even thats ~10 pts higher than i'd personally have it.

        *Openness: 71

        • Agreeableness: 59

        *Conscientiousness: 82

        *Negative emotionality: 57

        *Extraversion: 86

        if anyone wants to randomize theirs (values 50-100) just click the link below, and hit Run up top.

        https://repl.it/repls/NimbleWebbedLocation

        1 vote
        1. bee Link Parent
          It might be a good idea to clean up your formatting of the list. I perceived 'Agreeableness' to be a sub-category of 'Openness'. * Openness: 71 * Agreeableness: 59 * Conscientiousness: 82 *...

          It might be a good idea to clean up your formatting of the list. I perceived 'Agreeableness' to be a sub-category of 'Openness'.

          * Openness: 71
          * Agreeableness: 59
          * Conscientiousness: 82
          * Negative emotionality: 57
          * Extraversion: 86
          
          1 vote
  2. Algernon_Asimov Link
    I did one of these O.C.E.A.N.* tests a couple of years ago. Here are my results from that one: Openness = 82.5% Conscientiousness = 72.5% Extraversion = 62.5% Agreeableness = 65% Neuroticism = 60%...

    I did one of these O.C.E.A.N.* tests a couple of years ago. Here are my results from that one:

    • Openness = 82.5%
    • Conscientiousness = 72.5%
    • Extraversion = 62.5%
    • Agreeableness = 65%
    • Neuroticism = 60%

    And here are my results from this test:

    • Openness = 79%
    • Conscientiousness = 83%
    • Extraversion = 58%
    • Agreeableness = 50%
    • Neuroticism = 50%

    * O.C.E.A.N. = Openness. Conscientiousness. Extraversion. Agreeableness. Neuroticism.

    7 votes
  3. Hypersapien Link
    Openness to experience 50 out of 100 Agreeableness 75 out of 100 Conscientiousness 25 out of 100 Negative emotionality 100 out of 100 Extraversion 4 out of 100 I might have been harder on myself...
    Openness to experience 50 out of 100
    Agreeableness 75 out of 100
    Conscientiousness 25 out of 100
    Negative emotionality 100 out of 100
    Extraversion 4 out of 100

    I might have been harder on myself than I deserved. I'm not sure. I think a better test would be to have people who know you well fill it out for you.

    5 votes
  4. [4]
    Akir Link
    Sounds about right. 😿 The graphs showing the averages on this kind of terrify me. It makes me feel like I might be a psychopath or something.

    Extraversion: 8 out of 100

    Sounds about right. 😿

    The graphs showing the averages on this kind of terrify me. It makes me feel like I might be a psychopath or something.

    4 votes
    1. [3]
      cadadr Link Parent
      Averages are averages: rather useless statistic that often points to no real datapoint in the dataset (I shouldn't be that assertive w.r.t. a field I barely know about, but that's my...

      Averages are averages: rather useless statistic that often points to no real datapoint in the dataset (I shouldn't be that assertive w.r.t. a field I barely know about, but that's my understanding), so don't really mind them.

      That said, if you want to be more extroverted---IRL, not in the survey---, I think it's totally possible to teach oneself how to. I scored a 46 for extraversion, but if it was 6 or 7 years ago, I'd score a solid nil for it, a 90 or something for negative emotionality and a nil for agreeableness. I've done a lot of introspection and reflection, and in a few years I overcame lots of issues with absence of self esteem, confidence, and peace of mind, leading to an objectively happier and more peaceful life on quite solid grounds which I'm enjoying since a bunch of years.

      2 votes
      1. Akir Link Parent
        I have no problem "being" extroverted. I can go out and do things with friends with no problems. I just have no drive to go out and seek them. I've been through consuming loneliness before, but...

        I have no problem "being" extroverted. I can go out and do things with friends with no problems. I just have no drive to go out and seek them. I've been through consuming loneliness before, but it's pretty easy to fulfil my needs.

        I think it has more to do with the limited accuracy that other people here have posted about. These traits seem too complex to adequately measure with so few data points.

        4 votes
      2. patience_limited Link Parent
        Likewise as to extroversion - I've worked quite hard on it, with some professional help. Frankly, I'm still a strong introvert by preference. I don't think any of these traits are permanent, and...

        Likewise as to extroversion - I've worked quite hard on it, with some professional help. Frankly, I'm still a strong introvert by preference. I don't think any of these traits are permanent, and I've noticed some tendencies change with age and practice.

        Openness to experience - 96 out of 100
        Agreeableness - 92 out of 100
        Conscientiousness - 92 out of 100
        Negative emotionality - 54 out of 100
        Extraversion - 42 out of 100

        2 votes
  5. [5]
    brighteyes720 Link
    I feel I am sometimes the only extrovert in reddit and tildes.

    I feel I am sometimes the only extrovert in reddit and tildes.

    4 votes
    1. [4]
      guild525 Link Parent
      To be honest, I'm not sure how to feel about these tests because people are bound to overrate and/or underrate themselves.

      To be honest, I'm not sure how to feel about these tests because people are bound to overrate and/or underrate themselves.

      5 votes
      1. [2]
        Askme_about_penguins (edited ) Link Parent
        It also lacks nuance. I've done many of these tests and this question is always present: Do you prefer to spend your time at the library or in a party? I cannot give an accurate answer to that....

        It also lacks nuance. I've done many of these tests and this question is always present:

        Do you prefer to spend your time at the library or in a party?

        I cannot give an accurate answer to that. Because it depends. Libraries can be empty and quiet or full and very stressing. Parties can be really crazy or rather dull or even amiable. And depending on which type of library and which type of party we're referring to, I'll choose one or the other. But making a blanket statement saying I prefer either one over the other is a hell of a blanket statement.

        Same with preferring to do things alone or with friends. It always depends. Some things are better done alone, others are more enjoyable with friends.

        And there are many more other questions/statements like these. And it also varies depending on my mood or whatever I'm going through at the time of taking the test.

        Also, many questions require experience. There are questions about sexual preferences, romantic relationships, intimacy, travelling, job interactions... Hard to answer this without having travelled to a couple of places, held a few jobs or a few romantic relationships.

        3 votes
        1. mundane_and_naive Link Parent
          Then it sounds like this test does better than others in this respect. The questions here are general and focus on self-reflection of your own character rather than your actions in specific...

          Then it sounds like this test does better than others in this respect. The questions here are general and focus on self-reflection of your own character rather than your actions in specific scenarios, which like you said, depends greatly on circumstances. How you feel about yourself should be less subjective to changes than how you react to environments, after all.

          4 votes
      2. ryanatkn Link Parent
        Yeah I suspect self-reported personality differs significantly from observed and peer-reported measures for a lot of people.

        Yeah I suspect self-reported personality differs significantly from observed and peer-reported measures for a lot of people.

        2 votes
  6. tomf Link
    I don't put a lot of stock in these, but I figured I'd use the title from the site. For the most part I would agree with the results, but I think it pinned me as being more negative than I am, and...

    I don't put a lot of stock in these, but I figured I'd use the title from the site.

    For the most part I would agree with the results, but I think it pinned me as being more negative than I am, and also a little less agreeable.

    • Openness to experience 83
    • Agreeableness 46
    • Conscientiousness 67
    • Negative emotionality 75
    • Extraversion 79

    So while I don't put a lot of stock in these things, I love them, and find them to be fun, much like the ones in trashy grocery store magazines.

    3 votes
  7. Autoxidation Link
    Guess I'll hop on this bus. I'm really surprised by the "negative emotionality" score compared to the average and to everyone here... Maybe I'm a cylon? Openness to experience 63 out of 100...

    Guess I'll hop on this bus. I'm really surprised by the "negative emotionality" score compared to the average and to everyone here... Maybe I'm a cylon?

    • Openness to experience 63 out of 100
    • Agreeableness 42 out of 100
    • Conscientiousness 83 out of 100
    • Negative emotionality 4 out of 100
    • Extraversion 38 out of 100
    3 votes
  8. frostycakes Link
    Well, it did nail me as a novelty-seeking extraverted sadboy, so it wasn't totally off. Was surprised to see just how low I scored in conscientiousness though relative to agreeableness, that or...

    Well, it did nail me as a novelty-seeking extraverted sadboy, so it wasn't totally off. Was surprised to see just how low I scored in conscientiousness though relative to agreeableness, that or I'm just surprised that the national average was above 75%.

    My results:

    • openness to experience 75 out of 100
    • agreeableness 58 out of 100
    • conscientiousness 21 out of 100
    • negative emotionality 79 out of 100
    • extraversion 67 out of 100
    2 votes
  9. cadadr Link
    I was rather generous with myself on questions on extraversion and conscientousness, but this test still managed to figure out what a lazy, introverted, fairly selfish but emotional bastard I am,...

    I was rather generous with myself on questions on extraversion and conscientousness, but this test still managed to figure out what a lazy, introverted, fairly selfish but emotional bastard I am, so congrats to the scientists.

    • openness to experience 92 out of 100

    • agreeableness 50 out of 100

    • conscientiousness 50 out of 100

    • negative emotionality 38 out of 100

    • extraversion 46 out of 100

    1 vote
  10. [3]
    mb3077 Link
    I never trust personally tests like these. I can't discredit the Big Five method as it seems to be backed up by the scientific community. But when it comes to online quizzes consisting of few...

    I never trust personally tests like these. I can't discredit the Big Five method as it seems to be backed up by the scientific community. But when it comes to online quizzes consisting of few dozens of questions, I view their results as generalized approximations that can easily be wrong.

    As for the subtraits section, it pretty much got everything wrong about me except for maybe one section.
    It really gives off 'horoscope-y' vibes.

    For what it's worth, here are my results:
    Openness to experience 88 out of 100
    Agreeableness 54 out of 100
    Conscientiousness 33 out of 100
    Negative emotionality 38 out of 100
    Extraversion 50 out of 100

    1 vote
    1. [2]
      666 Link Parent
      It depends on what you call the scientific community, when saying science most people assume hard sciences. The scientific community that backs up this test is the soft science part (psychologists).

      I can't discredit the Big Five method as it seems to be backed up by the scientific community.

      It depends on what you call the scientific community, when saying science most people assume hard sciences. The scientific community that backs up this test is the soft science part (psychologists).

      1 vote
      1. Algernon_Asimov Link Parent
        Social sciences (anthropology, psychology, economics, and so on) are science, just like the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, and so on). Psychologists are part of the scientific...

        Social sciences (anthropology, psychology, economics, and so on) are science, just like the natural sciences (physics, chemistry, biology, and so on). Psychologists are part of the scientific community, just in a different branch to physicists.

        2 votes
  11. NeoTheFox Link
    openness to experience 79 out of 100 agreeableness 38 out of 100 conscientiousness 42 out of 100 negative emotionality 25 out of 100 extraversion 33 out of 100 I gotta say that describes me pretty...
    • openness to experience 79 out of 100
    • agreeableness 38 out of 100
    • conscientiousness 42 out of 100
    • negative emotionality 25 out of 100
    • extraversion 33 out of 100

    I gotta say that describes me pretty well.

    1 vote
  12. mrbig Link
    Openness to experience 100 out of 100 Agreeableness 54 out of 100 Conscientiousness 71 out of 100 Negative emotionality 50 out of 100 Extraversion 17 out of 100 I think it makes sense.
    • Openness to experience 100 out of 100
    • Agreeableness 54 out of 100
    • Conscientiousness 71 out of 100
    • Negative emotionality 50 out of 100
    • Extraversion 17 out of 100

    I think it makes sense.

    1 vote
  13. Defluo Link
    Openness to experience 100 out of 100 Agreeableness 46 out of 100 Conscientiousness 63 out of 100 Negative emotionality 46 out of 100 Extraversion 33 out of 100 Pretty accurate! Not sure how I got...

    Openness to experience 100 out of 100
    Agreeableness 46 out of 100
    Conscientiousness 63 out of 100
    Negative emotionality 46 out of 100
    Extraversion 33 out of 100

    Pretty accurate! Not sure how I got 100 out of 100 in openness to experience but that explains my rampant drug use.