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Assessing Personality

Defining Types of Personality Through Assessment and Testingpersonality1

Interview: Subjective method that involves questioning

Observational Method: Watching a person’s actual behavior in a natural or simulated situation

Test Standardization: Used to validate questions in personality tests by studying the responses of people with known diagnoses

Projective Personality Test: Uses ambiguous stimulus and asks to describe it or tell a story about it
Rorschach Test: Show a series of rorchacksymmetrical visual stimuli and then ask what the figures represent to them

Validity and Reliability

  • Poor psychometric reputation
  • Lack of standardized rules for administration and scoring
  • Poor inter-rater reliability
  • Lack of adequate norms
  • Unknown or weak validity
  • Low Validity/Low Reliability

Thematic Apperception Test (TAT)tat 1

Developed by Henry Murray and colleagues at Harvard Psychological Clinic 31 TAT cards depicting people in a variety of ambiguous situations (one blank card)
Examinee is asked to create a story about each picture

Make up a story about the picture. Who the people are, what they are doing, what they are thinking or feeling, what led up to the scene, and how it will turn out.tat 2

Content analysis of themes that emerge from the stories assess:

  • Locus of problems
    Nature of needs
    Quality of interpersonal relationships
    Need for Achievement

Validity and Reliability

  • Lack of standardized rules for administration and scoring
  • Poor inter-rater reliability
  • Lack of adequate norms
  • Unknown or weak validity
  • Low Validity/Low Reliability

Personality Inventory Tests Self-Reporting Measures

One way to assess personality is through an extensive interview which is used to determine the most important events in childhood, social relationships, and success and failures, this includes behavioral assessments.

Direct Observation: Observing the person’s actual behavior in a natural or simulated situation

Rating scales: An observer responds to specific items in describing the behavior with a scale of answers such as: “strongly agree,” “ agree,” “disagree,” or “strongly disagree”

Frequency counts: An interval recording system including: observation, recording antecedent behavior before the event, and recording consequences after the event, known as the Antecedent-Behavior-Consequences chart (A-B-C chart)

Behavioral Assessments Personality Inventories Developed By Trait Theorists


Factor Analysis:  16PF:


The Big Five:


Based on the Five Factor Model, provides a systematized assessment of emotional, interpersonal, experiential, attitudinal, and motivational styles of one’s personality.

Myers-Briggs tests are designed to look at what people perceive and how they reach conclusions in order to understand their interests, reactions, values, motivations, and skills.

MMPI-2: Designed to detect abnormal personalities and psychological difficulties; used to predict everyday behavior.



What is your most natural energy orientation?


  • Act first, think/reflect later
  • Feel deprived when cutoff from interaction with the outside world
  • Usually open to and motivated by outside world of people and things
  • Enjoy wide variety and change in people and relationships


  • Think/reflect first, then Act
  • Regularly require an amount of “private time” to recharge batteries
  • Motivated internally, mind is sometimes so active it is “closed” to the outside world
  • Prefer one-to-one communication and relationships

Which way of perceiving or understanding is most automatic or natural?


  • Mentally live in the Now, attending to present opportunities
  • Use common sense and creating practical solutions is automatic-instinctual
  • Best improvise from past experience
  • Like clear and concrete information; dislike guessing when facts are “fuzzy”


  • Mentally live in the Future; attending to future possibilities
  • Using imagination and creating/inventing new possibilities is automatic-instinctual
  • Best improvise from theoretical understanding
  • Comfortable with ambiguous, fuzzy data and with guessing its meaning

Which way of forming judgments and making choices is most natural?


  • Instinctively search for facts and logic in a decision situation
  • Naturally notices tasks and work to be accomplished
  • Easily able to provide an objective and critical analysis
  • Accept conflict as a natural, normal part of relationships with people


  • Instinctively employ personal feelings and impact on people in decision situations
  • Naturally sensitive to people needs and reactions
  • Naturally seek consensus and popular opinions
  • Unsettled by conflict; have almost a toxic reaction to disharmony

What is your “action orientation” towards the outside world?


  • Plan many of the details in advance before moving into action
  • Focus on task-related action; complete meaningful segments before moving on
  • Work best and avoid stress when able to keep ahead of deadlines
  • Naturally use targets, dates, and standard routines to manage life


  • Comfortable moving into action without a plan; plan on-the-go
  • Like to multitask, have a variety, mix work and play
  • Naturally tolerant of time pressure; work best close to deadlines
  • Instinctively avoid commitments which interfere with flexibility, freedom, and variety



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Friedman, H.S. & Schustack, M.W. (2012), Personality: classic theories and modern research (5th ed). Boston: Pearson Allyn & Bacon.
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230 thoughts on “Assessing Personality

  1. After taking the 16 Personality Test… here are my results
    Introvert – 57%
    Observant – 59%
    Thinking – 57%
    Prospecting – 51%
    Assertive – 61%

    I agree with most of the results that I got. I am not too much of a outgoing person unless i absolutely have to… and I think that while i am sitting there I am more likely to obverse what other do than rather to judge them quickly by their appearance and how they look.


  2. According to the 16 Personalities test I am:
    Personality type: “The Adventurer” (ISFP-T)
    Individual Traits: Introverted-72%
    Observant – 53%
    Feeling – 67%
    Prospecting – 51%
    Turbulent – 71%
    Role: Explorer
    I don’t completely agree with the result of the test although some of the answers are correct. For example, I am an introvert, I have hard time talking with new people and I tend to observe more than act. But I don’t think I fit the role of an explorer because I don’t like to be very active. I am kind of a stay-home person.

    As for the OCEAN test, I got:
    Open-Mindedness: 54%
    Conscientiousness: 17%
    Extraversion : 9%
    Agreeableness: 74%
    Negative Emotionality: 79%

    Most of the result were almost the same as the result from the 16 Personalities test, but there was one answer that I thought didn’t really relate to me. The Open-Mindedness one. I am actually very open to seek our new experiences it just that I don’t have the energy or the will to do them. But I do want to do new experiences.


  3. I took the 16 personality test and I am a Defender(ISFJ-A): 51% Introverted, 55% Observant, 54% feeling, , 67% judging and 58% Assertive.
    For the Ocean test I had a 92% Open mindness, 76% Conscientiousness, 85% Extraversion, 89% Agreeableness and 22% Negative Emotionality.
    Honestly, In my preconceive notion, I thought that these personalities are just terrible and they don’t really work at all however, after coming in to a conclusion, the results weren’t that bad and it seemed fairly accurate. I think that the OCEAN test was more accurate to some degree than the 16 personalities test.


  4. According to the 16 Personalities test I am the Consul (ESFJ-A): Extraverted – 63%, Observant – 77%, Feeling – 65%, Judging – 85%, Assertive – 89%. Role: Sentinel. I actually found a few things surprising, and not really describing me correctly – for example, the extroverted leaning to “act first, think later” – I am COMPLETELY the opposite, and tend to take sometimes too long to think things through before reacting. Not quite sure how or why the results came out for me to be more extroverted vs introverted. I feel that the OCEAN test described me much better: I was lower on E, O, N and higher on C and A.


  5. I took the 16 personality test and my results came back saying that I am a entertainer. I found this test to be very accurate because I do like to tell jokes and have everyone laugh. In fact I do this every evening with my group members in psychology 101. I also do this with my friends and family. I also got my results back from the Big Five Project and I was not really happy with my results. It said that I was closed minded and that I get very nervous easily. I do agree with getting nervous easily but the closed minded part shocked me. Maybe from now on ill try to be more open minded and consider new ideas that come my way.


  6. ENFJ-T

    I have taken this test at least five times, around a dozen times at most, over the course of the past two years. The only thing consistent about my answers have been -NF— but I honestly do not trust this. I think it’s the most accurate personality test I have ever found and taken but I am both, I think equally, for a lot of the categories.


    I feel a little attacked by #4 and I think #5 should be a little more close to 50% than it is. In conclusion: I think human beings are far too multi-dimensional to be able to be summarized by any personality test or sets of them.


  7. 16 Personality Test
    I am a Mediator (INFP, -A,-T)

    It says I try to look for good in other which is true, but the most true thing I found ways that mediators tend to normally be calm, quiet, and shy but hide a passion. This fits me cause I tend to normally be shy but when I get in my comfort zone I start getting pretty vocal.



    Openness to Experience/Intellect
    High scorers tend to be original, creative, curious, complex; Low scorers tend to be conventional, down to earth, narrow interests, uncreative.
    You typically don’t seek out new experiences. (Your percentile: 53)

    High scorers tend to be reliable, well-organized, self-disciplined, careful; Low scorers tend to be disorganized, undependable, negligent.
    You are very well-organized, and can be relied upon. (Your percentile: 83)

    High scorers tend to be sociable, friendly, fun loving, talkative; Low scorers tend to be introverted, reserved, inhibited, quiet.
    You are extremely outgoing, social, and energetic. (Your percentile: 83)

    High scorers tend to be good natured, sympathetic, forgiving, courteous; Low scorers tend to be critical, rude, harsh, callous.
    You are good-natured, courteous, and supportive. (Your percentile: 97)

    High scorers tend to be nervous, high-strung, insecure, worrying; Low scorers tend to be calm, relaxed, secure, hardy.
    You probably remain calm, even in tense situations. (Your percentile: 4)


  9. 16 personally test:

    My personality type : THE PROTAGONIST ( ENFJ-A)

    I do agree with certain statement but not all. I was compared with Barack Obama and Oprah Winfrey lol righhhht!


  10. For the ocean test I got:


    My result for the 16 personalities quiz was CONSUL.

    Personality type: “The Consul” (ESFJ-A)
    Individual traits: Extraverted – 100%, Observant – 56%, Feeling – 76%, Judging – 70%, Assertive – 100%
    Role: Sentinel
    Strategy: People Mastery

    Pretty accurate results. Bada Bing, bada boom!


  11. Results for the 16 personality test:

    I got Campaigner which means i have a personality of free spirit. campaigners are often the life of the party, they like making social and emotional connections with people rather than enjoying the in the moment encounters. we are charming, energetic, compassionate and independent. Campaigners are also 7% of the population.

    Results for big five test:

    70%- open to new experiences
    52% conscientious (which means i am neither organized or disorganized which is pretty true because i can be either or depending on my mood.)
    27% extraversion (why means I can be shy sometimes which is true but only if i’m in a new environment)
    63% agreeableness (Which means I tend to consider the feelings of other which i think is true.)
    76% neuroticism (which means i get really nervous which is also true.)

    I think on both tests I got pretty accurate results!


  12. When I took the 16 personality test I got the Campaigner
    63% Extraverted
    58% Intuitive
    66% Feeling
    54% Prospecting
    76% Turbulent

    For the OCEAN Test I got

    O – 10%
    C – 30%
    E – 79%
    A – 27%
    N – 76%

    For both tests I was in between on the results , some of the results I think were on point, others I think were very far apart, I know on the instructions it said to stay away from being neutral as much as possible but I couldn’t for some of the questions.





    56% Feeling



    I have done this test before but the longer version and got similar yet different results. Some of the traits that I did relate to were curiousness, energetic, and observant but I would say that some things are not too accurate. I don’t feel like I am that extroverted as stated in the test, I actually feel that at times I can be but many times I am the opposite. I was surprise to see that it was able to identify so many of my faults, such as easily stressed, overthinking, and hard time focusing.

    Openness to Experience/Intellect 70%
    Conscientiousness 10%
    Extraversion 91%
    Agreeableness 90%
    Neuroticism 93%

    These were some of the comments I received from the Test and actually found it surprisingly accurate on some aspects.
    You are relatively open to new experiences.
    You probably have a messy desk!
    You are extremely outgoing, social, and energetic.You are good-natured, courteous, and supportive.
    You are a generally anxious person and tend to worry about things.


  14. The Big 5 Ocean test result :

    Openness to Experience/Intellect 41%
    Conscientiousness 86% tend to be reliable, well-organized, self-disciplined, careful.
    Extroversion 37% tend to be introverted, reserved, inhibited, quiet.
    Agreeableness 90% tend to be good natured, sympathetic, forgiving, courteous.
    Neuroticism 11% tend to be calm, relaxed, secure, hardy.

    16 Personality test:

    “The Protagonist” (ENFJ-A)

    Individual traits: Extraverted – 66%,
    Intuitive – 58%,
    Feeling – 57%,
    Judging – 67%,
    Assertive – 78%

    Role: Diplomat

    Strategy: People Mastery


  15. I delayed in writing this truthfully because I didnt like the answers I got, I took the tests over and over but with the same result. In 16 personalities I received the personality type as a entrepreneur, I mean I guess i could relate to some the things as I was reading the description but I felt as something was missing, there is more to me than what I was reading. Now in the Big 5 project, i felt a bit better. I received a personality type of OCEAN. Yes, it had some of the things of entrepreneur but i felt as it was more complete. I’m not always this full of energy, loves to be center of attention scatterbrain, that only values logic. Yes, i can be those things but I’m much too reserved for that. In the Big 5 it said i value logic but also i consider the feelings of others. Maybe these tests are a window of whom one is, these shouldn’t be taken so seriously as if it was written in stone. I know who I am and I know these tests didn’t describe the whole me only parts.


  16. Hello , i took the second test and my results are : 1: Im somewhat conventional . 2: I tend to do things somewhat Haphazardly . 3: Im relatively social and enjoy the company of others . 4: Im neither extremly forgiving nor irritable 5: im not particulary nervous , nor calm .


  17. For the 16 personality test I got the result of: Mediator Personality.
    Below are my personality scores:
    85% Introverted
    68% Intuitive
    77% Feeling
    51% Prospecting
    86% Turbulent

    For the Big Five personality test I got the below results:

    Openness to experience/Intellect: I prefer traditional and familiar experiences.
    Consciousness: Well organized and reliable.
    Extraversion: Enjoy spending time alone.
    Agreeableness: I tend to consider the feelings of others.
    Neuroticism: Generally an anxious person and tend to worry about things.

    I agree with the results of both test and wasn’t surprised with my results. I am an introvert who cares about everyone else and I usually like spending time on my own. However I would love to become more of an extrovert and less of an introvert.


  18. I received INTP, -A/-T (Logician) which I found quite accurate especially when it came to emotions and friendships/relationships. It was interesting to learn Albert Einstein and Bill Gates were also Logician. For the Ocean test most were accurate except for openness area where I scored quite low, I reject most traditional ideas and are quite open minded to new experiences and people unless those people are close minded in the sense of accepting others for who they are so it’s the opposite for me


  19. When I took the 16 personality tests, my results are that I’m a consul(ESFJ-A). In the Big Five tests, my results falls closest to open to new experiences, conscientious, extraverted, agreeable, and calm/relaxed.


  20. Personality type: “The Entertainer” (ESFP-A)

    Extraverted – 80%
    Observant – 66%
    Feeling – 70%
    Prospecting – 51%
    Assertive – 72%

    It is the first time I do this type of tests and I think that the results I got are really close to my personality.

    The Big 5 OCEAN

    Openness to Experience 20% I prefer to be surrounded by really close friends and family
    Conscientiousness 79% I like to be organized because its a good way to make the things easy , I am reliable and careful
    Extraversion 74% I enjoy spending time with my friends and family
    Agreeableness 63% I tend to care about other peoples feelings
    Neuroticism 14% I am really good at hiding my feelings most of the time

    The results are accurate and very detailed. I think that I am the type of person that is described on the results. I would like to suggest to the others to take this test because it helps you understand your personality better.


  21. Good evening I took the first test and I knew that I was a Isfj but was surprise about getting the ocean.


    1. I knew I was a introvert because I love being by myself. I don’t mind being in a crowd but I love being by myself with my books and music. I score high on the big 5 I found this interesting I never thought of myself Open to experience it never click to me that by me loving art was part of openness to experience and my strange curiosity for things like forensic science was a part of my personality my conscientious I love to planning . If it not plan I tend to not happy. I have a lot of energy to do things if I feel bore I always trying to find somethings to do. I have compassion for people in need or people seeking a shoulder to cry on. My extended family love doing this to me. The last one neuroticism that was the only thing that didn’t surprised me. I tend to fly off the handle or I can easily get frustrated when things don’t goes according to plan. Everyone said I have confidence, but deep down I am nervous.


  22. When I took the 16 personalities test my results were that I am a protagonist (ENFJ-T). And according to the Big Five test my results fall closest to being close-minded, disorganized, extraverted, disagreeable an nervous/high-strung.


  23. From all the personality quizzes I took, I identified with my ocean results the most. Although I think personality tests are similar to horoscopes, in a sense that they have more the power the more people believe in them. They are either hit or miss, but in the ocean tests I thought it hold some truth about my personality. My OCEAN quiz stated that I would rather stay home more than anything else and that I was introverted. I do consider myself more introverted, but I don’t think I’m a such a homebody. I enjoy being out and about and meeting new people in my own at and pace. Overal, I think they are interesting, but not the most accurate.


    1. I never thought to compare horoscopes and personality tests, but I’m inclined to agree. Sometimes my personality test results change if I take the same test two days in a row.


  24. Maybe there’s something wrong with the test result, but none of them did reflect about my true self or was even close to a prediction, it all just a setup programming code assign to a specific number or amount of things. I’ll need to witness this one on one to truly accept or see this side. I’m saying this because I’m a programmer. But, does anyone knows of someone who might be able to really tell besides psychics


  25. I was surprised when the results popped up. I know that I still haven’t deeply grasped some aspects of my personality. But it seems like this test has given an insight for some and a better understanding of myself. For example I did not know that I was more turbulent than assertive. I considered myself as an introvert but the test says that I am an extroverted person, it is pretty informative and it helped me understand myself a bit. However, I had something that I truly know which was thinking 55% and feeling 45%. When faced with a situation, I certainly think more than involve feeling in it. The test produced an overall accurate presentation of myself.


  26. I can’t say I was shocked at my results but, my results did help me understand certain aspects of myself and I began to think on how I can grow with them. According to 16 personalities I’m observant percentage is 58 which I can’t say I agree with because I feel I’m very observant I would probably say 80%. I also feel I’m observant more than 58% because I can always feel myself paying attention to my surroundings. I can say I also do understand why it’s 58% because a few months ago I went to dinner with a friend and their was a cake sitting right next to me and I dint notice it but, once a toddler came running towards the cake I seen it. This experience made me kind of feel worried about watching my surroundings because that cake could have been a snake or a gun man which is why I understand 58% but I still do not agree with it. What’s interesting is I received 79% for thinking which I totally agree with! . Though I’m constantly thinking , dreaming and wondering I never thought about how much I think. This made me feel good about myself because I love learning /developing my mind. The big five challenge I choose my xboyfriend which was even more interesting how close we are. O-Openness for experience: we moth are somewhat conventional which I agree with, we both generally follow a daily routine without missing a beat… usually. We also usually work together on plans and complete them efficiently even if it takes months or weeks. E-EXTRAVERSION – we both scored relatively social and enjoy the company of others. I totally agree with this ‘! We are both VERY SOcial people and both enjoy social events. I really enjoy speaking to people and making connections . I also loveee presenting presentations in school ! It’s my favorite I love sharing knowledge and connect with people . Overall I agree with both the personality test and Plan on working on embracing these aspects of myself and expanding my mind.


    1. Hey Terri,

      I like how you mentioned using the results of the tests to embrace and expand on your personality. I think with these kinds of tests it is important to have perspective and realize that a set of questions doesn’t fully define who you are, but that you can use it as a learning experience. It is a good way to realize aspects of your personality that you didn’t notice or understand before.


    2. Hi Terry,

      My results didn’t shock me either it only just open myself to who I really am. These personality test can help you understand you own strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on them help you grow as a person.


  27. Both my results on the 16 Personality Test and on the Big 5 did not really surprise me. On the 16 Personality test, I got ISTJ-A, or logistician, which is very true. I am an extremely logical person. For example, under the energy category, I scored 80% on observant. Under tactics, I scored 82% on judging. Basically, I never make impromptu decisions; rather I analyze my surroundings and base decisions off observations and facts, but never gut feelings or intuition. Another key part of a logistician’s personality is that they are extremely no nonsense and follow rules very carefully. This is also very true for me. I don’t really like working outside of the box, and would much prefer to follow a strict set of rules. As typical of an ISTJ-A, I also highly prefer to work alone. I hate relying on other people for work, and would much prefer to do it all myself, because then I can be positive that the work will get done, and will get done well. Pretty much every characteristic for the ISTJ-A personality matched with me, and I agree with the results.

    The OCEAN test yielded more or less of the same results, just on a broader scale. I got 1% on close-minded, meaning extremely close-minded. I both agree and disagree with that. I do really like doing things by the book and following rules, but I also wouldn’t describe that as close-minded. I’m not that stubborn, I just thinks facts are much more important than somebody’s opinion or intuition. Another thing I also didn’t really agree was with was disagreeableness. My results told me that I “find it easy to express irritation with others”. Again, I really prefer working alone. However, if I do have to work in a group, I am much more likely to go along with what the other people in the group want, because it is easier to do what they want than to fight them for what I want. I also scored pretty high on introvertedness, and that definitely plays a part in me speaking up for myself as well. Overall, most traits were pretty accurate for the OCEAN test, but since the OCEAN test is much broader than the 16 Personality Test, more traits depended on the situation.


    1. Hey Alessandra,

      I had a similar result with the two tests. For the most part I agreed, but I too got “easy to express irritation with others” which doesn’t fit me at all. I also tend to play peacemaker and am not confrontational unless necessary. It is interesting that we have different personality types but both felt like that part of the OCEAN test was inaccurate.


  28. INFP-T here! (Introverted, Intuitive, feeling, perceiving, turbulent. I have actually taken this test before and gotten the same result. (Fun fact, Luna Lovegood is considered an INFP). I am quite introverted and intuitive, with the other three traits slightly less extreme but still pretty one-sided. I found most of the profile to be pretty accurate. I am definitly idealistic and creative, sometimes living in my own bubble. I am also hardworking and passionate when it comes to things I love. As far as weaknesses go, there was one specific part that struck me because of how accurate it is. The test mentions that this personality type can be impractical, such as forgetting to eat or drink when caught up in something- which I have definitely done while working on art projects. I also dislike working with data and tend to be private and reserved with those I don’t know well. Overall, “dreamy idealist” is a very fitting description.

    For the OCEAN test, I scored highly on openness, in the middle for conscientiousness, very low on extraversion, sort of low on agreeableness, and highly on neuroticism. The only trait I disagree strongly with is agreeableness. I tend to get along with others and am not usually outwardly critical. I think this score could be because sometimes what I say and what I think don’t quite line up. While some are brutally honest, I have a tendency to try to be less critical and more positive. Overall I think the 16 personalities quiz was more accurate and complete than the OCEAN test.


    1. Hannah Eaton,

      I had very similar feelings about the agreeableness section of the OCEAN test. Unlike you, I scored extremely high on the section, but I also was a little thrown off by the score. At first I wondered how accurate it was, because I felt like being so highly agreeable might mean that I was an extreme follower and I didn’t really have my own ideas. I will share my ideas, but I absolutely hate confrontation. Your post helped look at agreeableness in a much more positive light. It is not that I don’t have my own thoughts, I just prefer to be positive and open minded. So, even if I do not necessarily agree in my head, if it is a reasonable opinion, I will try to go with the flow and learn something new rather than being critical.


    2. Hello Hannah,
      I feel similar to you on getting highly in OCEAN. I find it fascinating that tests like this can determined our personalities, and some can say something about our personalities that we disagree with.


    3. Hi Hannah,

      I also got INFP too, a “dreamy idealist” truly is a pretty good description of us. However forgetting to eat does distract me even if I am doing something I love to do. I try to be more open to people, but in the end it’s to difficult and I go back to whatever keeps me occupied.


  29. I have taken several Myers-Briggs/16Personality type quizzes before, but I had never quite received results like this. I scored as ENFP- T. I liked how the 16Personalities quiz was so detailed, showed your percentages, and also gave such a great description of what your personality type is! It didn’t surprise me that I scored as Extroverted and Intuitive, but only by a small margin. I’m sure that I could score differently on different days or in different moods, as I often feel right in the middle of Extroverted/Introverted and Intuitive/Observant. I could definitely see myself as a Campaigner personality type, though, especially with Diplomat being my role and Social Engagement as my strategy. I know that negotiation and interpersonal communication are some of my strengths, so I definitely identify as the diplomat in my friend group, in my jobs, etc. I also identify with social engagement as a strategy because I genuinely like talking to people, even though I can tire of it easily. The Campaigner Careers section was also incredibly true, and pretty much showed exactly how I’m feeling as a college student with so many wonderful (and overwhelming) options.

    For the Big 5, I learned that I’m not too open, not too conscientious, slightly extraverted, very!! agreeable, and very neurotic. Not surprising when I really think about it. I am totally worry too much, and I’m always pretty disorganized. I feel like this personality quiz sheds a really honest, sometimes unpleasant light on someone’s life. As if I need someone else telling me I need to clean my room!


    1. Addy,

      I actually got the Campaigner for my result as well. I am curious if a lot of the percentages that you got were close to the middle. I know that personally, I felt that some of the results I got were not totally accurate. For example, I felt as though I was a lot more realistic than the test results described. It’s interesting to see that you feel strong in your negotiation and interpersonal communication, because those are too things that I don’t feel very strong in. I think it’s cool to see that people who have the personality type can still have differences based on their personal strengths and weaknesses.


    2. You might be interested in reading the INFP profile as well if introversion/extraversion is in the middle for you, especially if you consider yourself creative. As an INFP, I am curious how similar or different the profiles are. I think extraversion/introversion can be a very defining trait if one falls dramatically to one side of the scale or the other, but maybe as someone in the middle you could draw from both profiles.


    3. Addy,
      I definitely agree that the 16 Personality test was much more accurate. It certainly provided a lot more details and specific situations in which traits would apply than the OCEAN test did. My results, as Logistician, were definitely accurate, as it seemed the Campaigner was for you. However, I also agree with you that I definitely think different results are possible depending on my mood. For example, if I was in a bad mood, I would probably be more likely to give answers that would present me as disagreeable or even more introverted.


  30. For the 16 Personalities quiz, I received INFP-T, otherwise known as the mediator. Reading about it, I’m really proud to be a mediator. I am proud to be able to communicate deeply with others, and be able to express myself. It is true that when I find the right people, I connect in ways that blow me away. “Dreamy idealist” is the perfect term to describe how I am with relationships. In terms of the acronym, I am introverted, which I agree with. I am intuitive, which I also agree with. I got feeling, rather than thinking, prospecting, and turbulent, which I all agree with.
    For the Big 5 OCEAN, I got 53% openness, which I think I agree with. 74% conscientiousness, which I don’t agree with much, since one of the descriptors is “well-organized”, which I am not. However, I am careful and self-disciplined so it makes sense. I scored a 4% on extraversion, which I agree with. A 63% on agreeableness, which I think should be higher. And I scored a 96% on neuroticism, which I thought was so funny because it is very true.


    1. Ashley,
      I think it is interesting that you say, when you find the right people, you connect in the right ways. I totally agree with it. Some of the people I have met in my first year and a half of college I automatically “click” with that I did not know was possible. Obviously the environment in being away from family plays a huge role in making new relationships with others. I think I could also be a mediator. I try to communicate deeply with others, and want people to be able to express themselves in any way.


    2. Ashley,
      I felt the same way when I was reading the Mediator descriptions because not only do they only make up 4%, of the world, but the descriptions were so accurate to describing my passionate nature and it made me feel proud because I wasn’t expecting it to truly capture characteristics that I wasn’t even sure how to describe before taking the test. What’s interesting too is that although we both got the same result for the first personality test and really enjoyed the accuracy, our Big 5 results are pretty different. Maybe it’s due to the difference in how the questions were presented or maybe the tests have different ideas for interpreting the 5 different personality qualities. The only one that is hugely similar is conscientious, which we got the same score on.


    3. Ashley,
      I got the Adventurer, which has many very interesting characteristics that i did not realize I had until I saw it it words. (Lana Del Rey and Brittany Spears are also my personality type). I do agree with my results but i think i can relate closely to the mediator as well. However, I feel like my results on my big5 tests were very inaccurate. In some ways it was okay but I scored very low in Openness and conscientiousness which i do mot necessarily agree with.


    4. I was categorized as a mediator as well! I agree with your perspective on how connecting with people just like you blows you away. You think you’re the only person who understands you but when you take test like this it opens your mind. Do you think your results make you change the way you perceive yourself? Or did you always feel you had a basic understanding of who you were and the results weren’t that surprising?


  31. For the 16 personalities got INFP, the “Meditator” (81% Introverted, 75% Intuitive, 78% Feeling, 52% Prospecting, 82% Turbulent) . I honestly think this is extremely accurate, seeing as I’m a fairly quiet, introverted person. One thing that realistic out to was their description, “Mediators have a talent for self-expression, revealing their beauty and their secrets through metaphors and fictional characters”. I identify with this statement so strongly. I often find myself imagining myself in the situations of characters in my favorite movies or books. I really take song lyrics to heart and will sometimes apply them to situations in my life as if they were written just for me (usually obsessing over that one song for sometime until I can’t stand listening to it any longer). I love plays, art, music, drama and poetry just as described in the results. Overall I’m pleasantly surprised with how accurate this test seems to be.

    On the other hand, I don’t like the results of the OCEAN test (52% Openness, 17% Conscientious, 9% Extraversion, 74% Agreeableness, 97% Neuroticism). Maybe it’s because I’m such a visual person, and the 16 Personality test was so visually appealing to me and had nice little graphics and pictures, but the OCEAN test seemed too short, not thorough enough and too broad. I think that I land way too close to the extreme in many of the categories, when I’d probably be a little more neutral in some. I think that the two tests match up for the most part, just the OCEAN test wasn’t as accurate in describing my personality.


    1. MacKenzie,
      I also got the mediator as well! You and I seem very alike, in that we are very introverted, very “feeling”, neurotic and very “turbulent.” We also got very similar OCEAN test results, with the exception of conscientiousness, which I didn’t think was accurate for my result. Your two test results seem to reflect upon each other (ie. one says you’re 81% introverted and the other says 9% extraverted). The statement that you pointed out about self expression is also extremely accurate as well for me. It’s interesting that you feel like you should be more neutral in some categories but you were placed at the far end of the spectrum. Why do you think you would be more neutral/What categories would you change?


  32. For the 16 Personalities Test I got ESFP. When I first started reading it I thought, wow this isn’t me at all and in some aspects it really isn’t, but as I read on there were some parts that sounded like me. The personality nickname is “the entertainer” now this sounds nothing like me because I’m relatively shy and like to sit back and take in my surroundings before I participate I don’t just jump in right away like it said. I read on and it talked about how ESFPs want to have fun and enjoy life and feel everything and want everyone else to get the same experience and at that point I realized that this might actually reflect me because I often do that. The next part that was really spot on was in the weaknesses section when they talked about sensitivity being their biggest weakness. I can totally relate to that with it saying that they’re very emotional and struggle with criticism. That’s spot on.

    With the OCEAN quiz I felt like it was not very true. It was the opposite of my 16 personalities quiz saying that I’m introverted and would rather stay home and do nothing than go out which is so not true. Then all of my other ones were somewhat in the middle saying I’m neither one side or the other so it just wasn’t very helpful. The only one that was right was the openness because I’m not very creative and I’m down to earth but it was wrong in saying that I don’t like new experiences because that is 100% the opposite of the truth I’m always looking for new experiences.


    1. Hi Emily. I totally agree with you about the OCEAN test not being very helpful. But I instead of being in the middle for most of the results, mine came back way too close to the extremes when I felt I should have been a little but more balanced.


    2. Emily,
      I wonder why the Big 5 OCEAN test didn’t work so well for you. Also it’s strange that a big portion of the 16 Personalities Test was wrong but you identified so much with what was right (If that makes sense). After seeing you in class, I would’ve thought you’d score on the more introverted side, but that was just an assumption.


    3. Hello Emily,

      I find your results very interesting as, especially in terms of the OCEAN assessment test. I like to believe that personality tests may never be 100% correct, and instead serve as an estimated guideline for us to reflect and complete self-assessment, and I think your results supports this belief. While you had some middle-ground answers for the OCEAN assessment, some of the answers you received seemed to at least help you know what you are and what you are not (As shown when you wrote: “It was the opposite of my 16 personalities quiz saying that I’m introverted and would rather stay home and do nothing than go out which is not true.”). Though it wasn’t very helpful (And, I agree, the Big 5 Factor test is not as extensive or in-depth as the 16 personalities quiz), it at least further cemented your knowledge that you are not an introvert, and that you are a very open person.


  33. I have previously taken the 16 personality quiz, so I was very familiar with it, and as expected, my results were the same. I am ENFP, which is absolutely accurate to who I am. I am outgoing and I have such strong feelings and I always feel a lot with other people. My emotions are not something that I can contain and are something that really make me who I am. The last time I have taken this quiz was in the beginning of 2016, so I suppose that not much has changed since then. I am sure that eventually I can take it again and get different results, but as of right now, ENFP seems very accurate for who I am.

    For the OCEAN quiz, I feel as though my results aligned perfectly with the 16 personalities quiz. I was open minded, easy-going, extraverted, friendly/compassionate, and secure/confident, but not as strongly as I was with the other sections. It was cool to see that, with the exception of one of the letters in OCEAN, I was so extremely to one side. That was something very interesting to me and something that also makes sense. I am very set in who I am and that doesn’t often waiver depending on situations or time. I am who I am and the inside ‘me’ doesn’t ever seem to change. The one section that was lower was the one that had to do with my confidence, which is something that I am working on, and i’m sure will improve to be just as strongly on one side as the other parts were.


    1. Maria! I am so surprised we got the same personality type- ENFP! Since working with you outside of class, especially in leadership roles, I can totally see you as a Campaigner, but I wouldn’t expect we would be the same. Yay to being Campaigner twins!


    2. Maria,
      That’s very interesting how your 16 Personality test and OCEAN test yielded the same results. I feel like the majority of people had the experience where the 16 Personality test was much more detailed and accurate, while the OCEAN test was not as accurate and results might also depend on certain situations. I wonder why that is?


    3. Maria,
      I agree with your results about you being open-minded, easy-going, extraverted, and friendly/compassionate. From getting to know you in this class, I can see all these things in you. It’s great that you recognize areas of improvement, because I feel like we all can settle with ourselves easily. It’s a challenge to push yourself and work on certain aspects of oneself that can help you for the future.


  34. I’m a Consul (ESFJ-A)
    57% Extroverted
    73% Observant
    66% Feeling
    58% Judging
    74% Assertive

    I think this personality test is not quite accurate to compare to the Big 5 OCEAN assessment. I tend to be less of an extrovert person. However, I am a really big observant person I like to look at things, and also listen to people and tend just to observe and stay quiet. Now when I’m asked for advice, I will give my thoughts on the situation.

    The Big 5 OCEAN

    Openness to Experience 12% I prefer traditional and familiar experiences
    Conscientiousness 74% I’m well-organized, and are reliable
    Extraversion 12% I probably enjoy spending quiet time alone
    Agreeableness 63% I tend to consider the feelings of others
    Neuroticism 11% I remain calm, even in tense situations

    Most of the assessment is correct; I’m a little bit surprised on the results of extraversion because both of the tests show different results. The Big 5 OCEAN assessment was mostly right on the part where I do enjoy mostly of my time alone. I also try to remain calm in any situation, and I try not to stress myself out of the tense situation and take everything calmly.


    1. Maria,
      It was very interesting how you thought the Big 5 was a better assessment than the other. It’s funny how you say you’re not as much of an extraverted person, but yet you scored above 50%. Why do you think that is? And it is very interesting that you scored a 12% in extraversion in the Big 5 assessment. Which do you think is more accurate, since they are clearly quite different results?


  35. When I took the 16 personality test, my results were not shocking to me. I scored 74% for introversion, which I believe describes my approach to social situations perfectly, 69% for intuition over observation, 69% for feeling over thinking, 75% judging over prospecting, and 69% turbulent over assertive. The last result is the only one that I do not feel matches how I perceive my own personality to be. The score for turbulence/ assertiveness was said to describe an individuals confidence in their “abilities and decisions”. I feel that I am pretty confident in all of my decisions, and my abilities. My personality type was the advocate. I think that overall this test pinned down my personality. Especially in the description where it says that advocate personalities are “soft-spoken, [and] have very strong opinions and will fight tirelessly for an idea they believe in”. I definitely have strong opinions and a deep desire to voice them, but remain reserved until I feel strongly about making my voice heard.


    1. Chris,

      I scored an ISTJ-A, or logistician, for the 16 Personality test. Many of the descriptions were spot on, but I was also thinking that there were situations in which they might change. I have only taken the test once, so I cannot say for sure, but I can definitely imagine situations where the results might be slightly different. For example, if I took the test at the end of a really bad day, I might score higher on disagreeableness and maybe even neuroticism. However, if I took the test at the end of a really good day, I might score higher on extrovertedness and agreeableness. It is funny how our personality is thought to be constant state, but it can easily change depending on your mood or external circumstances.


    2. Hello Cailey,
      I find it really interesting that the results that you received were something that you did not feel shocking. I also find it really amazing that you are someone that feels pretty confident of the decisions that you make.


  36. Hi Emily, thanks for sharing your results. I really liked the comment you made on how much your test results differed, depending on which environment you were in. Its interesting that you tested as an extrovert after being in school and away from home for a while. It sounds like your perception of yourself had changed because you’ve had to adapt to the social whirlpool that is a college campus. In my opinion, our personalities change based on the environment that we’re in, even if we don’t know that it happens. When I took the test the first time, it was at the end of a lazy weekend, one where I didn’t go out and socialize much because of the weather. I scored an introvert personality at 31%, which was odd for me. When I took the test a second time, I was in the computer lab in school, and I scored an extrovert at 52%. My environment had changed, and I think my personality did a little as well. Personality, I think I’m more of an introvert than extrovert, but not by much, certainly not 31%. I think the same thing might have happened to you as well, what do you think?


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