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 🙂
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: The Five Factor Personality Test
Take the 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?