I held off doing the personality tests that have been doing the rounds, mostly because I was worried that I would have an embarrassingly high neuroticism score (I am actually not kidding* - I am constantly doing battle against my stress-monkey, sweating-the-small-stuff tendencies).
But! It actually wasn't all that scary in the end.
Here are my results from the Personality Patterns test I saw at Ambivalent Academic:
Events of this week might argue against the "competent" tag, but everything else seems reasonably accurate. People who know me in real life are welcome to disagree.
And here are my results from the Personality and Blogging test that I saw just about everywhere:
Neuroticism (sometimes also called Emotional Instability) is the tendency to experience negative emotions such as sadness or anxiety. People who score high on neuroticism are vulnerable to stress and tend to experience negative feelings more often. People who score low in neuroticism tend to be less susceptible to stress, and experience negative feelings relatively infrequently.
You scored 28 out of 50. This score is higher than 59.6% of people who have taken this test.
Sweet! I am not the biggest stress monkey in the blogosphere. If this was measuring just anxiety, rather than sadness AND anxiety, I would have scored higher though - I am usually a pretty cheerful stress monkey.
Extraversion (or Extroversion) is the tendency to experience positive emotions and seek out stimulating situations. People who score high on extraversion tend to be active, energetic, and enjoy being around other people. In contrast, people who score low on extraversion, known as introverts, tend to be quiet, low-key, and are typically less involved in the social world.
You scored 40 out of 50. This score is higher than 81.7% of people who have taken this test.
Yay! Let's go to the pub and celebrate! Ooh, hey, did I tell you that story about the time I went to the pub and something funny happened?
Yeah, I talk a lot... and I especially like telling stories... no-one is going to be surprised about this score. Although I do need some alone-time each week to preserve my sanity.
Openness to experience
Openness to experience is a general tendency to appreciate emotion, adventure, and unusual ideas or experiences. People who are open to experience are intellectually curious, appreciative of art, and sensitive to beauty. People with low scores on openness tend to have more conventional, traditional interests.
You scored 43 out of 50. This score is higher than 60.9% of people who have taken this test.
I refuse to do the following though: rock climbing, bungee jumping, sky diving (well maybe a tandem), whitewater kayaking, downhill mountain biking, ski terrain parks.
Conscientiousness is the tendency to show self-discipline and persistence. People who score high on conscientiousness tend to be persistent, responsible, and duty-driven, but are sometimes perceived as being overly perfectionistic and concerned with order. Individuals low on conscientiousness tend to show less persistence and may have trouble seeing things through.
You scored 32 out of 50. This score is higher than 35.8% of people who have taken this test.
I have never, ever, missed a deadline. I have also never, ever, missed an opportunity to procrastinate. I even procrastinate about things I like doing. So, self discipline? Can I say "work in progress?"
Agreeableness is the tendency to be sympathetic and cooperative towards others. People who score high on agreeableness strive for social harmony and value getting along with others. Disagreeable people tend to be more suspicious and hostile towards others.
You scored 43 out of 50. This score is higher than 86.8% of people who have taken this test.
No surprise - I hate conflict and confrontation more than almost anything, it makes me feel physically ill. (Even online, on occasion, if I'm heavily involved). Luckily though it doesn't happen to me very often. So I can get on with trying to keep people happy at almost any cost. Actually that didn't sound very good, did it? Let's hope I don't go postal one day. (Joke, please don't send the Mounties round).
Right, that's all for now, one more hour of work and then I'm off to Whistler. Keep an eye out for me on the webcams! Black pants, black and white jacket, oh actually don't bother.
*although a former colleague was when he told me that he wanted to do an assertiveness training course, but was too scared to ask the boss for the time off.