Monday, 27 July 2015

Online Psychology & Personality Tests

I haven't been able to record any dreams recently as I have experienced some disturbance in my sleep and dreaming patterns. This means I haven't updated my Blog in some time. I thought it was time to post something, so for fun, I decided to take some online personality and psychology tests and record the results online to share.

You may have seen my previous post 'Am I a Narcissist?' where I did a similar exercise.

Please note that online personality and psychology tests may vary in accuracy and are flawed in that they (a) rely on self-assessment and answers may change depending on the day the test is taken, which means results may be different if the same test is taken by the same person on separate occasions; and (b) they use set definitions which are based on gross generalisations.

This article is intended to be light-hearted and entertaining, not scientific. 

Which Nationality Are You Subconsciously?


Online Personality Test
From www.16personalities.com


'The Debater'
ENTP - Extroversion, Intuition, Thinking, Perception

Dominant: Extroverted Intuition
Auxiliary: Introverted Thinking
Tertiary: Extroverted Feeling
Inferior: Introverted Sensing

Often referred to as 'The Lawyer Type'

From the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Test based on the work of Carl Jung, Psychological Types (1921)

  • Ultimate 'Devil's Advocate' - thrives on shredding arguments and beliefs and tearing down other peoples' opinions and views
  • Overly argumentative - using impartiality and logic and enjoys rooting out logical inconsistencies 
  • No deeper purpose/strategic goal, other than fun and mental sparring - may be combative and confrontational rather than cooperative
  • Non-intentional and not agenda-driven
  • Often distributes energies and enthusiasm across a number of diverse activities and interests
  • Confident, outgoing and extrovert as well as pragmatic, expressive, introspective and informative
  • Non-judgemental and often non-conformist
  • Exercise of quick wit and broad knowledge base - cerebral and verbally gifted
  • Ability to connect disparate ideas to prove point - tends to weave together insights and experiences from various sources to understand the whole better
  • Can handle different strands of thought simultaneously and consider numerous alternatives at once
  • Finds and interprets hidden meanings/patterns/relationships in things (usually overlooked by other personality types)  - always asks 'what if?'
  • Pattern-seeking - can often perceive complex inter-relationships between people, ideas and concepts
  • Can identify the minute distinctions which define the 'essence' of things
  • Likes to minimise effort and risk
  • Seeks precision - especially in expression, but may neglect small details in their own lives
  • When under stress may become obsessed with minor details
  • Rarely starts with a plan or blueprint and are great at improvising
  • Uncompromisingly honest, but often argues for positions they don't believe in
  • Intellectually independent, with free-form thinking
  • Can step into another's shoes and argue from their perspective
  • Good sense of reasoning and understanding of opposing ideas
  • Likes to question prevailing modes of thought
  • Able to push ideas in new directions
  • Loves to brainstorm and 'think big', but avoids actual work/implementation/physical effort at all costs
  • Can lead to issues when questioning or challenging those in authority - tends to be critical or sceptical of majority views
  • Tends to develop own world views/theories passively - does not filter incoming information, but does not accept what they are told at face value either
  • Unyielding honesty and 'hard rationality' means they can often be blunt or lack sensitivity/compassion
  • Often considered unconcerned or aloof
  • Can appear unpredictable and random at times
  • Intolerant - may pass the threshold of other peoples' sensitivity in arguments and likely to discard people whose view/opinions they cannot relate to or disrespect
  • Problems with those who are 'conflict-adverse'
  • Often 'burns bridges' with others and isolate self on an emotional level - but gets on well with like-minded persons
  • Treats others as they would like to be treated - dislikes being 'molly-coddled' or when people beat around the bush, especially when asking for a favour
  • Often respected for knowledge, vision, confidence and sense of humour - but usually struggles to utilise these qualities as the basis for deeper relationships/friendships
  • Difficulty in harnessing natural talents or skills/qualities
  • Often fails to follow through on tasks - high dependence on others to set ideas into motion and opportunities missed if they seem like hard work
  • Procrastination - and a failure to always display their true capabilities through laziness or distractability 
  • Knowledgeable about abstract concepts
  • Quick, flexible mind which is always absorbing information about their environment so as to better understand the world they live in
  • Can shift patterns of thought easily
  • Original, with little attachment to tradition and able to discard existing systems and knowledge
  • Creative and innovative, with a deep dislike for practicalities and responsibilities
  • Enjoys arts and culture
  • Charismatic, possessing a 'way with words', but lack of feelings or emotional understanding may make them appear aggressive or harsh
  • Has the advantage of intuitively understanding other people's motivations and agendas
  • Energetic and entertaining, but initial excitement or interest can quickly wane and they find it difficult to focus
  • Ideas and plans often fail to come into fruition without a supportive network of other people to put them into operation
  • Demands a high level of intellectualism from romantic partner
  • Tests partner's limits
  • Values open-mindedness and spontaneity in a partner
  • Ideas of fun often rooted in self-improvement - will often sweep their partner along in this pursuit
  • Requires high levels of freedom and autonomy in relationships and hates to feel 'tied-down'
  • Commonly judges partners on the degree to which they inspire feelings of love/adoration/infatuation
  • Sees a relationship as in a state of growth or stagnation, but not a 'happy status quo' - can be demanding and difficult
  • Few preconceived limits to intimacy with partners - exploratory and experimental
  • Emotional obliviousness to partner's needs - disdain for emotional sensitivity - can be cutting and hurtful and seem unfeeling
  • Most compatible with other 'Intuitives'
  • If they adapt to the point of losing themselves in their partner's lifestyle, they quickly become resentful and act passive-aggressively towards their partner
  • If raised in non-affluent circumstances will tend to be non-materialistic and display meagre/minimalist standards of living - lack of importance placed on finances
  • Does not require loyalty, support or emotional feedback in friendships and hate to be patronised/condescended to
  • Will often test compatibility with a potential friend by engaging them in a difficult argument
  • Does not tend to take arguments/debates personally
  • Competitive, restless and easily bored
  • May suffer from anxiety and disruptive/erratic sleeping patterns
  • Often distractable and scattered - leading to ADHD diagnosis
  • Great at communication - accustomed to adopting other peoples' language and frames/terms of reference
  • Difficulty in relating to emotional expression of others - find's it difficult to provide a 'shoulder to cry on' for others
  • Not known for outward affection or empathy although they may intuitively understand the other person's position/feelings
  • Adept at manipulating and directing relationships between means and ends
  • Does not seek to be popular or liked by everyone
  • May find parenting difficult - especially emotional accessibility
  • Distaste for rules and regulations
  • Likely to provide offspring with freedom and independence
  • Likely to create relaxed, unorthodox environments for their family - not heavily structured settings
  • Will encourage offspring to voice opinions, question and challenge existing ideas and find alternatives
  • May be exasperated and require support in dealing with emotional crises of offspring
  • Adaptable in most careers - but ideas-based rather than people-based
  • Dislikes managing others and being managed, although social adaptability means they are often natural leaders
  • Great at using the written word to communicate
  • May frustrate others with their subtly-shifting goals
  • Rewarded in careers with intellectual stimulation which fuels their natural curiosity
  • Appreciation of working alone/independently
  • Best careers include: lawyers, writers, diplomats, actors scientists (more likely to be popularisers or science than actual scientists), psychologists, analysts, politicians, educators - also freelance work/consultancy
  • Likely to find it difficult to maintain a career which allows them to function as a true ENTP
  • Enjoys working out what 'makes other people tick' and may become bogged down in analysis
  • Dislike for routine, structure, formality etc
  • Impatience is common - but may need to be in an environment for some time in order for colleagues to appreciate their qualities/skills as quantifying them can be difficult
  • Straightforward expectations in the workplace - they demand that superiors listen to their ideas and engage them in robust debates
  • Comfortable challenging or opposing those in superior positions without fear
  • Will gladly take fair criticism as long as it is logical and performance-based
  • Cannot tolerate simple, routine, manual or monotonous tasks/work - prefers complex challenges and diverse projects
  • May be polarising in workplace - and frustrating for practical and task-based colleagues to handle
  • Fatigued by minutiae and repetition 
  • Cannot tolerate those who say 'yes' when they have issues or complaints about what they are agreeing to 
  • Witty wordplay, a dark, perverse sense of humour and extrovert personality make it easy to attract new friends, but they find peer-to-peer relationships difficult to maintain
  • Good at objectively assessing ideas and solutions to problems
  • May jump from one thing to another without completing tasks/projects - and often has multiple projects on the go at the same time, in varied stages of (in)completion
  • Linked to dependency (reliance on others to complete tasks) and hypomania - as well as anti-social personality types
  • Described by Jung as being a 'female' type, but actually tends to be more common in males - ENTPs make up approximately 2 - 5 % of the population
  • Often suppresses 'introverted sensing' meaning they dwell on small matters - with tragic-comical results

As much as I am sceptical of online personality tests, the results of this one were so accurate that I was overwhelmed. I recognise so many of the above qualities in myself. I was not aware of the MBIT categories prior to taking this test (I was familiar with the concept of the test, but had not studied the specifics beyond reading up on my own 'type'). 

There is no point in me expanding too much on how I perceive my own personality - if you have read the above list (paraphrased from the actual test results page on the website, with additional information sourced from elsewhere) then you will already have a pretty in-depth idea about what I am like as a person. I have underlined the parts I most strongly agree with.

It is true that I love to argue - and play Devil's Advocate - which is why I have always been involved in debating and mooting - and qualified as a Lawyer! It's good to see that I chose the right career for my supposed personality type, although I completely agree that I am easily distracted and bored; am compelled to challenge authority and conventions; hate routines and hard work and find it incredibly difficult to find and keep a career (which is why I have elected to go back into academia, where I can work to my own schedule, independently, in an idea-centric occupation). 

I am often accused of being blunt, harsh, unfeeling, unempathetic and prone to isolating myself so as not to feel 'tied down' to other people. I find it very easy to enter into new relationships, but quickly become bored of them and hate romance and affection from a partner. I do agree that I can be passive-aggressive if my independence is hindered - and I am non-materialistic and unconcerned with finances which allows me to adapt well and persevere in difficult environmental or economical situations.

As an atheist humanist I would agree that rationality, logic, objectivity, knowledge etc are intrinsic aspects of my character.

I was very impressed by this personality test!

Jung Typology Test
From www.humanmetrics.com


I decided to take another BMTI test (on a different day, without reviewing the questions/answers in my previous test) to see what result I would get. I received a different result from the previous test. I feel that I got a different result because in this test I answered in a way which highlighted my desire to be alone in a quiet environment and my lack of interest in socialising. This is a strange paradox, because I am a loud, extrovert personality with a lot of social confidence. 

However, because I am quite misanthropic and dislike being part of large crowds (because they are most likely to contain people who annoy me), I tend to enjoy my own company or one-on-one activities with either a partner or a male friend. I dislike other females because I do not relate to them well. This gives the impression that I am introverted, but in truth, I just prefer to keep my personal circles small so I don't have to contend with other people's behaviour or actions and to minimise the risk of their lives interfering with my own.

It is also notable that the precise breakdown of my personality characteristics is the same in both tests - the main difference is the level of dominance given to each.

The INTP is also known as 'The Logician'.

Dominant: Introverted Thinking
Auxiliary: Extroverted Intuition
Tertiary: Introverted Sensing
Inferior: Extroverted Feeling

  • INTPs are quiet, modest and aloof - with creative possibilities
  • The most logically precise of the personality types - they are great analysts and abstract thinkers
  • Solitary, eccentric and independent
  • Open-minded and objective
  • Enthusiastic
  • Honest
  • Can be very private and withdrawn - surroundings are considered to be intrusion into their thoughts
  • A love for spotting patterns and discrepancies
  • A tendency to share ideas which are not fully developed
  • Use other people as a soundboard to debate with themselves
  • Weaknesses include poor organisation, insensitivity to social niceties and a tendency to get lost in abstractions
  • May appear unreliable, absent-minded and unpunctual - they lack the ability to maintain regular progress reports and may skip meals or sleep due to infatuations with their interests/occupations
  • May appear condescending - especially when dealing with less intellectual people
  • Uninterested in practical day-to-day activities or maintenance
  • Insightful and unbiased
  • INTPs are 'Rationals' but appear to daydream and drift a lot, often seeming pensive or detached
  • Become combative if theories/ideas attacked/criticised
  • Can become incoherent when excited
  • Thoughtful, analytical and spend a lot of time alone
  • Typical careers include lawyer, scientist (physicist), mathematician, psychologist, philosopher, engineer, inventor, architect - also freelance/consultancy work
  • Less at ease in caring professions
  • Value their autonomy greatly
  • Resist attempts to change them made by others
  • Title and status are not important
  • They distrust authority
  • Accept ideas based on merit rather than tradition or conformity - they deliver unorthadox solutions to problems
  • Little patience for social customs which defy logic or reason
  • Prefer to work informally with others as equals or alone rather than being led by others - although paradoxically, they tend to work best when paired with one other person
  • Because they are so focused on their own thoughts they may seem aloof, unconcerned or oblivious to the needs/feelings of others - they are often seen as insensitive
  • Able to articulate principles and can grasp theoretical constructs - they can explain complex ideas to others easily and excel in written communication
  • Ability to handle complexity means they may over-complicate matters in a failed attempt to crystallise an idea or concept as clearly as possible
  • May seem rebellious
  • Driven to understand a debate from all angles
  • Haunted by a fear of failure and often second-guess themselves
  • Low tolerance for the emotions of others - may find it difficult to relate to the emotions of others
  • Constant reassessment of thoughts/theories mean that they can stagnate and the INTP becomes lost in an intangible world where nothing is put into practice
  • Enjoy flirting, wordplay and intellectual games with their partners
  • Shy, hate to be the centre of attention and do not like to risk rejection
  • Prefer their partner to make the first move and commit as an act of reciprocation
  • Relationships are taken seriously and they are honest and direct from the start
  • Gifts, surprises, complex social plans and romance are unimportant - it may create problems if their partner's expect or desire these things, as INTPs will tend to overlook or neglect them and are bad at picking up on the emotional needs of others
  • INTPs try to avoid conflict in personal relationships
  • INTPS do not look for emotional support, social validation or shared experienced with friends - they prize intellectual depth and will spark with someone who shares their interests and passions
  • Dislike popular culture or low-brow pursuits
  • Few people can be bothered to penetrate the surface of the INTP and they have a small circle of friends - it is not easy to establish a true friendship with an INTP
  • Emotional reactions and responses are very strong - but not considered to be trustworthy (the 'second-guessing' and self-analysis). They need to be tempered by reason and logic
  • INTPS are good at ambiguous or unreliable friendships and tend to keep friends based on intellectual merit, not material wealth or status
  • INTPs struggle to understand the raw emotions and irrationality of children
  • There is a relaxed, intellectual approach to parenting - and minor behavioural problems are overlooked
  • No intent or motivation to control other people
  • Not demanding parents - no need for traditional paths to be followed as they are happy for their children to have freedom to be individuals and intellectualism and tolerance are regarded as more important than conventional milestones
  • Lack of empathy
  • Not suited to corporate positions in workplace
  • Innovative, creative and able to build models for underlying principles
  • Self-driven with high personal standards, although low environmental and material needs
  • Can be hard for people-centric persons to understand
  • Living primarily in their own minds and have little interest in social interactions
  • Prefer a flat workplace hierarchy
  • They detest service-orientated careers or jobs which involve the day-to-day implementation of a scheme
  • Relative indifference to job security can make it difficult to trust them
  • Often require someone to keep them in order and put their unrefined ideas into practice for them - they cannot be forced into changing their working methods and pep-talks fall on deaf ears
  • Difficulty getting up in the morning
  • Dislikes socialising with work colleagues
  • Good at developing complex, insightful interpretations of other peoples' motivations and actions
  • INTPs are rare - approximately 1 - 5% of the population

 Psychopathology Test
From www.psychcentral.com


Emotional Type Test
From www.psychcentral.com


Emotional IQ Type Test
From www.psychtests.com


The 'Big Five' Personality Test
From www.outofservice.com


Color Test
From www.colorquiz.com


Who Do You Want To Be? - Personality Test
From www.personalityassessor.com

Note that the screenshots for my answers were from a different personality test which I was unable to use, because despite being advertised as free, you could only access your results if you paid for them. I would never pay for online test results! I therefore started a different test, but noticed that the questions were basically identical. 

However, it was impossible to screenshot them as the screen changed to the next 'page' of the test as soon as you clicked on an answer and there was no option to go back. I have therefore included the original, unused answers from the earlier test to demonstrate my answers. 

The results are from the second test. The main difference between the first and second tests were that on the second test, I was asked to what extent I wanted to change certain my perceived personality traits. In short, I elected to remain the same in everything to do with education, knowledge, art/creativity (because my it would be impossible for me to educate myself more than I already do and I am content with my level of artistic appreciation). I elected to become more organised, efficient, thorough and hard-working (as I think I am quite lazy and disorganised and this is a source of stress for me). I elected to become less cold, rude, insensitive and aloof (because these are criticisms of me made by various ex-boyfriends and friends). If the 'personality trait' seemed to be objectively 'negative' I stated I wished to change for the better. If the 'personality trait' appeared to be objectively positive, or of subjective benefit to my unique circumstances then I stated that I wished to remain the same or increase it.


Your Attachment Styles
From www.personalityassessor.com

Note that with questions related to my 'father' I have answered in relation to my stepdad. My biological father is dead and I did not have a relationship (or any real contact) with him when he was alive. 

In relation to questions about my 'romantic partner' I have answered generally, based on my most recent previous relationships and my current feelings.

In relation to questions about my 'best/closest friend' I had difficulty as I don't really have a 'best friend' or close friends at all (through choice). My closest friends tend to be males with whom I share common interests, but not necessarily people I choose to discuss feelings with - not because I am uncomfortable or hesitant to do so, but because I don't feel the need. I am quite a loner and choose not to socialise because it's rare I like someone enough to call them my friend.


I hope you enjoyed reading the results from my psychological and personality tests. I will upload some more in the near future! Let me know what you think in the Comments Section below!

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