One of the biggest questions I get asked is “Where do all your quiz ideas come from?” I typically think of quiz ideas out of nowhere (inspiration!), but occasionally I take requests from Blogthings fans. And even more occasionally, I see what someone is searching for to get to our site and decide to include it if it’s a good match. (All major search engines automatically give web sites this anonymous information.)
The last way is what happened with today’s quiz. I noticed a while ago that someone was searching for a quiz on eccentricity, but we didn’t yet have one. I was surprised that I hadn’t written an eccentricity quiz yet, as it seems like the perfect topic for Blogthings. After all, we all wonder where will fall in the spectrum of unusual to normal.
At first, I didn’t know how to write an eccentricity quiz because it’s not a typical psychological dimension. I wanted to make my quiz as theoretically valid as possible, especially considering there are many ways to look at eccentricity. While doing my research, I ran across the idea of a schizotypal personality, and I think a mild version of this describes eccentrics to a ‘T.’ (And I should know, I am one!)
Schizotypal people tend to exhibit odd behavior and thinking. They have trouble fitting into normal social situations, and they look at the world very differently. Schizotypals are unusual in lots of ways, and they don’t have much normality in their lives. Obviously, this can be troublesome at the extreme, but when I thought about it, a lesser version of this is exactly what it means to be an eccentric. (And yes, if you were wondering, these types are a lot more likely to be creative or “genius” types!)
So I took a few schizotypal personality scales and riffed on them a bit to make my own test milder. Are You Eccentric? Take the quiz, and let me know what you get. Do you consider yourself to be eccentric?
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