Blog of Sara Jakša

Do you Know your Big Five Score?

I am using the Big Five quite a lot in my current computer modelling of the 'mind' seminar paper. So I decided to retake the test to see if I remember the results correct or even if I do, did I change in any. And actually, beside one factor, the results are still the same as I remember.

There is a reason why this test is used in most of the research. Except in business, where the MBTI is still having a strong hold.

So here are my results:

Extroversion (low)

Extroversion refers to how likely people experience positive emotions, how social they are, how risk taking they are and how likely the are to act and experience new things. The opposite is sometimes called introversion, but it is also called disengagement.

I, apparently, am really low on this one. Around 3% of people that took the test scored lower, which means that I am pretty low. Sure, there is some self-selection bias, because it is an internet test. But I think these results have a very low chance of happening by chance.

So, I am less likely to experience positive emotions, I am less likely to be social butterfly and I am less likely to take risks.

Agreeableness (low)

Agreeableness refers to the social skills and how pleasant a person is. The agreeable people are tolerant, trust-worthy, altruistic and make people feel warm and welcome.

I am also low on this one. Around 2% of people that took the test are lower than me. So, I am not a pleasant person to be around, this is what you can take from this test. I am critical and have a temper. There are also other adjectives associated with being low on agreeableness, but these two really apply to me.

Conscientiousness (middle)

The next one is conscientiousness. This one deals with being reliable, orderly, self-disciplined and so one. The opposite would be people that are rebellious, fickly, negligence.

I am middle on this one, just like I remember it. I think I kind of like the balance. I have enough self-discipline to finish things, but I also have enough rebelliousness to be able to resist the current order. I actually noticed that when I come in the new environment, I start with a pretty high level of if, but then it gets lower through time, as I become more rebellious.

Emotional Stability (high)

The next one is emotional stability. Usually I am more used to this being reversed and called neuroticism. This refers to the amount of negative emotions that are felt, like being timid and passive. It is also about how reactive the person is. The higher this one is, the less likely person is to experience these feelings and reactions.

I was surprised to be that high on the emotional stability. I should be in the middle or lower end. I am now kind of worried what kind of emotional wreck most people are. And they have to worry and experience negative emotions more than me. Or maybe it is the reactivities thing. I tend to experience a lot of negative emotions, but I don't react to them.

Openness (high)

The quiz calls it Intellect/Imagination, but I have seen it called a great many things. I think the openness is by far the best word to encompass all the aspects of this factor. This factor encompass the wish of intellectual stimulation, the appreciation for art and other sensory pleasant experiences and being open for experience.

I was always proud on this one being that high for me. I like learning about new things and listening to the people that know more about something that me. While I don't know a lot about art, I can still appreciate it. Though I am sure that there are billions of people that appreciate art more than me.

Not that sure about my openness for experience. I find myself pretty mediocre here.

So here are my results to the test. According to his I would be that crazy scientist that secludes herself and does not go along with people. But that does not even notice that this happened. Sometimes like that. I quite like this personality.

So, take the test and check what kind of personality do you have.