Quiz: The Five Factor Personality Test

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How do your five factors stack up?

People often ask me how scientifically valid the quizzes on Blogthings are. The answer is: it depends on the quiz. A lot of my quizzes are for fun. I developed them using intuition and folk wisdom, and most people find them to be somewhat to quite accurate. Other quizzes are backed up by varying degrees of research., and I think you’ll find them to be eerily spot on πŸ™‚

If you’re looking for a personality quiz that delivers results time and time again, you can’t get any better than the Five Factor Model. Many personality psychologists consider it to be the gold standard for personality testing. It is the currently the most used scale in academia, and it gives the most repeatable results. This model has been replicated cross culturally, and has been in use for decades. Each of the five factors have even been shown to be significantly hereditary.

The Five Factor Model, as you would expect, measures five traits – Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Openness measures your openness to experience – intellectual curiosity, creativity, taste for novelty, and appreciation for art. Conscientiousness measures how disciplined, organized, and dependable you are. Extroversion measures your energy in the outside world, sociability, and how much you enjoy the company of others. Agreeableness measures how cooperative and compassionate you are toward others. Neuroticism measures how much you experience anxiety, depression, anger, and / or vulnerability.

While people agree that the five factors are somewhat arbitrary, they do give you a pretty good picture of someone’s personality. Do you agree? I tend to think they do, and after reading a few books on the subject, I have developed my own take on the Five Factor Model:Β The Five Factor Personality Test

Take theΒ The Five Factor Personality Test, and let me know what you think of your result. Does it paint the full picture for your personality? What other factors do you think a test like this should measure?

What do you think?

10 thoughts on “Quiz: The Five Factor Personality Test

  1. Lilian

    I think the quiz is a little buggy– I am a very agreeable person, but every time I take the quiz, it always says I have low agreeability :C

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  2. KittyCatCastiel

    You are Extroverted, Conscientious, Neurotic and Open

    Extroversion:

    You have medium extroversion.
    You’re not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
    Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
    But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your “down time”.

    Conscientiousness:

    You have medium conscientiousness.
    You’re generally good at balancing work and play.
    When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
    But you’ve been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.

    Agreeableness:

    You have low agreeableness.
    Your self interest comes first, and others come later, if at all.
    In general, you feel that people are not to be trusted.
    And you’re skeptical that anyone else really feels differently.

    Neuroticism:

    You have high neuroticism.
    It’s easy for you to feel shaken, worried, or depressed.
    You often worry, and your worries prevent you from living life fully.
    You tend to be emotionally reactive and moody. Your either flying very high or feeling very low.

    Openness to experience:

    Your openness to new experiences is high.
    In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
    You’ll try almost anything interesting, and you’re constantly pushing your own limits.
    A great admirer of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.

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  3. MechanicalLoser

    You are Extroverted and Neurotic
    Extroversion:

    You have high extroversion.
    You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.
    You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.
    Enthusiastic and fun, you’re the first to say “let’s go”!

    Conscientiousness:

    You have low conscientiousness.
    Impulsive and off the wall, you don’t take life too seriously.
    Unfortunately, you sometimes end up regretting your snap decisions.
    Overall, you tend to lack focus, and it’s difficult for you to get important things done.

    Agreeableness:

    You have low agreeableness.
    Your self interest comes first, and others come later, if at all.
    In general, you feel that people are not to be trusted.
    And you’re skeptical that anyone else really feels differently.

    Neuroticism:

    You have high neuroticism.
    It’s easy for you to feel shaken, worried, or depressed.
    You often worry, and your worries prevent you from living life fully.
    You tend to be emotionally reactive and moody. Your either flying very high or feeling very low.

    Openness to experience:

    Your openness to new experiences is low.
    You’re a pretty conservative person, and you favor what’s socially acceptable.
    You think that change for novelty’s sake is a very bad idea.
    While some may see this as boring, many see you as dependable and wise

    Hm…this is interesting. I seem to be a very extreme person with highs and lows and not many mediums. This quiz thinks I’m an extrovert, whereas the other quiz thought I was an introvert. Although, to be fair, I think it is possible to be both. The others, I agree with. I’m definitely low on agreeableness and openness. And I do worry often about silly things, though I rarely take life seriously and act impulsively.

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    1. kari Post author

      From what I understand, the five factor scale has a bit of a happiness measurement thrown in with extroversion – which may be why you’re scoring unexpectedly high in that way πŸ™‚

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  4. Josh

    You are Conscientious, Neurotic and Open

    Extroversion:

    You have low extroversion.
    You are quiet and reserved in most social situations.
    A low key, laid back lifestyle is important to you.
    You tend to bond slowly, over time, with one or two people.

    Conscientiousness:

    You have medium conscientiousness.
    You’re generally good at balancing work and play.
    When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
    But you’ve been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.

    Agreeableness:

    You have low agreeableness.
    Your self interest comes first, and others come later, if at all.
    In general, you feel that people are not to be trusted.
    And you’re skeptical that anyone else really feels differently.

    Neuroticism:

    You have medium neuroticism.
    You’re generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
    Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
    Your life is pretty smooth, but there’s a few emotional bumps you’d like to get rid of.

    Openness to experience:

    Your openness to new experiences is medium.
    You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
    But if something crosses a moral line, there’s no way you’ll approve of it.
    You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.

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    1. kari Post author

      I know you’re a bit of a personality psychology expert, so I’m curious to know how your result stacks up with other five factor tests you may have taken πŸ™‚

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  5. julie

    I think the test was pretty true of me – a fairly cautious, middle of the road type of person who is fairly introverted. I think many factors determine the results: your place in the family; health; what sort of job [ if any ] you do – to name but a few things. I bet many people with my results would be middle children in their family, and as psychologists say: The first is the mother’s, the second is the father’s and the third is no-one’s. And so it continues with each successive child.
    Your place in the family has huge implications on you for the rest of your life.

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    1. kari Post author

      That is quite true about placement in one’s family – and even what sort of personalities you grow up with / compensate for. I’d love to do more research (and quizzes) on those topics πŸ™‚

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