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The irritating thing about these personality tests... [Nov. 16th, 2003|06:47 pm]
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...is the things they assume are opposites. I don't think it's impossible to be both intellectual and practical!

Anyway, this is me, done mostly because I'm too wiped out to make a meaningful LJ entry tonight.

The Big Five Personality Test
Extroverted|||||||||||||||||||| 88%
Introverted |||| 12%
Friendly |||||||||||||||| 66%
Aggressive |||||||||| 34%
Orderly |||||||||||||||||||| 82%
Disorderly |||| 18%
Relaxed |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Intellectual |||||||||||||||||| 76%
Practical |||||| 24%
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[User Picture]From: rakafkaven
2003-11-17 09:23 am (UTC)
Those are really quite stupid categories. You're right about choosing some "opposites" arbitrarily; even the ones that are more valid antonyms seem to lack any meaning. I think friendly/aggressive is a second-order aspect that's determined by higher-level preferences in different situations. Without knowing those preferences and cross-analyzing for determination of friendly/aggressive behavior under given circumstances, the test only measure the exact questions it asks in a way that can't be extended beyond those questions. That's a bit less than useful.

Myers-Briggs does it better, but they have the same core problem with binary polarity. People with some strong tendencies for both sides are indistinguishable from people who are pretty much neutral either way. It's an inherent problem of using a single point sliding along a scale.

Astrology holds the real answers.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-11-17 07:37 pm (UTC)
There's a rant in this, when I get the time.

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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-11-18 02:08 am (UTC)

PS re: astrology

My horoscope for today:

Your energy and enthusiasm are at an all-time high right now, ZOETHE. Your life in general, and business and money matters in particular, are going very well, and there are no signs that this should change any time soon.

Yeah, right....

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