Sunday, July 08, 2007

Don't you know, I haven't got a personality...?

My Personality
Openness To Experience
You are introverted, reserved, and quiet with a preference for solitude and solitary activities. Your socializing tends to be restricted to a few close friends. You can be very easily upset, even by what most people consider the normal demands of living. People consider you to be extremely sensitive and emotional. A desire for tradition does not prevent you from trying new things. Your thinking is neither simple nor complex. To others you appear to be a well-educated person but not an intellectual. You have some concern with others' needs, and are generally pleasant, sympathetic, and cooperative. You like to live for the moment and do what feels good now. Your work tends to be careless and disorganized.

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Great: I'm disorganised. Tell me something I wasn't already aware of...


Overall Score 82
Anxiety 91
Anger 76
Depression 76
Self-Consciousness 48
Immoderation 42
Vulnerability 93

You feel tense, jittery, and nervous and often feel like something dangerous is about to happen. You may be afraid of specific situations or be just generally fearful. You feel enraged when things do not go your way. You are sensitive about being treated fairly and feel resentful and bitter if you think you are being cheated. You tend to lack energy and have difficult initiating activities. You are not generally self conscious about yourself. You often resist any cravings or urges that you have, but sometimes you give in. You experience panic, confusion, and helplessness when under pressure or stress.
Wow: I often resist but sometimes I give in. That's a truly incredible insight... [typeface for irony]


Overall Score 24

Friendliness 30
Gregariousness 6
Assertiveness 47
Activity Level 63
Excitement-Seeking 41
Cheerfulness 20

People generally perceive you as distant and reserved, and you do not usually reach out to others. You tend to feel overwhelmed by, and therefore actively avoid, large crowds. You often need 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 moderately paced life. You like some energetic activities, but also like to relax and take it easy. You enjoy some excitment and risk taking in your life. You are not prone to spells of energetic high spirits.
BWAH! Okay, apart from my bouts of freakish shyness, I am notoriously the person for whom the phrase "bossy cow" was practically invented. "Not prone to spells of energetic high spirits" eh? So that manic-depressive tendancy slipped right past ya there then...? Still, then again it is based on MY answers...

Openness to Experience

Overall Score 66

Imagination 90
Artistic Interests 50
Emotionality 44
Adventurousness 41
Intellect 57
Liberalism 69

Often you find the real world is too plain and ordinary for your liking, and you use fantasy as a way of creating a richer, more interesting world for yourself. You are reasonably interested in the arts but are not totally absorbed by them. Generally you are not considered to be an emotional person, however you are aware of and in touch with your emotions. Familiar routines are good, but sometimes you like to spice up your life with a bit of adventure or activity. You enjoy a certain amount of debate or intellectual thought, but sometimes get bored with too much. 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.
Hmmm... well, the bit about not being emotional seems way off beam; the rest of it... Less said... Me? Challenge authority...? Surely not...


Overall Score 50

Trust 76
Morality 58
Altruism 66
Cooperation 4
Modesty 40
Sympathy 79

You naturally assume that most people are fair, honest, and have good intentions. 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 are not adverse to confrontation and will sometimes even intimidate others to get your own way. You are willing to take credit for good things that you do but you don't often talk yourself up much. You are tenderhearted and compassionate, feeling the pain of others vicariously and are easily moved to pity.
I will usually avoid saying or doing anything to upset people at pretty much any price (whilst at the same time having a vicious temper that can lash out with just a fractional push too far at me). Does that make this accurate? The "doesn't talk herself up much" seems all too true.


Overall Score 17

Self-Efficacy 2
Orderliness 29
Dutifulness 72
Achievement-Striving 26
Self-Discipline 14
Cautiousness 26

Often you do not feel effective, and may have a sense that you are not in control of your life. In general you tend to be disorganized and scattered. You have a strong sense of duty and obligation, and feel a moral obligation to do the right thing. You are content to get by with a minimal amount of work, and might be seen by others as lazy. You find yourself procrastinating and show poor follow-through on tasks. Often you fail to complete tasks - even tasks that you want very much to complete. You often say or do the first thing that comes to mind without deliberating alternatives and the probable consequences of those alternatives.
Now this is a weird one: high on duty, low on achievement. I suspect the reason this one reads so strange is because I find it difficult to see how others do not recognise just how inherently idle I am. I will pootle till the cows come home if I can (witness blogging: surely the pootlers' paradise). Yet everyone else around me will usually comment on how hard-working I am, how much I take on, how much I do. Which makes me think I DO get a lot more done than this survey suggests but probably via LOOKING as if I am working hard, since ACTUALLY working hard is very different. As long as I am looking as if I am busy, and (crucially) the task gets completed in a reasonable time, I guess people do generally think of me as being a Hard Worker. Does that make it true? I suppose it is about 'conscientiousness' and not working hard...

Well that was a very odd experience doing that, and even more so reading the results.

Via Keith Topping.

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