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Different Types of Personality Tests

Normally personality tests are designed in a way, to test you on a couple of different traits and tell you, how well developed is this trait. This is the type that is usually done by The Big Five and other types of surveys, that come from the sciences, MBTI, humors, and so on and so on. This one is really useful to show, how we compare to other people.

On the other hand is the type, where they end up ranking the relative strength of traits in the person. I think Rogers had this type and also the Jung had this type. This one is more useful to realize what are our strengths and weakness. When not comparing to other people. And even more important, it tells us how we approach the world.

I have to admit, that when it comes to my personal development, I usually pick the second type of test. But when it comes to making decisions that involves other people, I am much more adherent to the first one.

So then I found on Youtube (which is the ban of my existence) a video, which transformed The Big Five from the first type into the second one. Here are the questions:

Question Extroversion Agreeableness Neuroticism Conscientiousness Openness
What word best describes you? Talkative Kind Anxious Efficient Imaginative
How would your best friend describe you? Enthusiastic Cooperative Worrisome Organized Creative
Pick the activity that sounds most like something you would do: Plan a party Donate to a charity Share a problem with a close friend Make a schedule for your week Create a piece of art
Which adage would you live by? Spend time with friends Care for people in need Safety first Do your duty Beauty will save the world
What's your biggest fault? Dominate conversations Let people take advantage Worry too much Perfectionist Scatterbrained
When faced with a problem, I tend to approach it... Energetically Cooperatively Nervously Dependably Curiously

So, when I am solving this test, I get the half split between conscientiousness and openness. Which I kind of agree with. I mean, the one weakness of this test is to not also take into account, that being on the very end of the other trait can also be helpful. Which I am, when it comes to extroversion and agreeableness. I did expect at least one answer from neuroticism, but I got 0 as well. For me it was a bit confirmation, that I sometimes also approach things like these hard-working people. :)

Then I also got interesting, and try to figure out, what some of the people would get. Since I should not write what I think about other people on the blog, I am going to use the example of the fictional characters. And since in the last half a year, I am into the Arrowverse, you can imagine which characters will I be using.

Person Extroversion Agreeableness Neuroticism Conscientiousness Openness Type
Oliver Queen 1 1 0 4 0 Conscientiousness
Tommy Merlin 6 0 0 0 0 Extroversion
John Diggle 0 2 1 3 0 Conscientiousness
Felicity Smoak 2 0 0 0 4 Openness
Barry Allen 0 5 1 0 0 Agreeableness
Cisco Ramon 3 0 0 0 3 Extroversion/Openness
Eobard Thawne 1 0 0 4 1 Conscientiousness
Caitlin Snow 0 2 3 1 0 Neuroticism

Well, if we compare the Arrow and Flash team in their first season (so Oliver, John and Felicity vs. Barry, Cisco, Caitlin and Eobard), we have a team mired in conscientiousness, balanced by openness. On the other side, we have all five of the traits expressed. I wonder if this is the reason, why these two teams feel so different? Which would again be the wrong use of this type of questionnaire (but it is fun to wonder, and I don't think anybody thinks in methodologically the right way all the time).