I've recently been devouring every piece of media Jordan Peterson has ever produced.
One of these pieces - interestingly - is a personality test that Peterson developed with Dr. Colin DeYoung and Dr. Lena Quality.
I'm continually interested in understanding humans better, so I took his test to see another angle of how my own biases are coloring my assumptions of other people. I like that it doesn't fall for the N-types-of-people fallacy: each attribute is given a statistical percentile instead of lumping me into a tidy group ("you're a questioner! an ENTJ! a Ravenclaw! You have strengths in learning, strategic thinking, analytical thining, focus, and command!").
Below are my notes from my results.
Plasticity: flexible, exploratory, curious, quick to adapt #
- Extraversion (outgoing vs. reserved): sociable, active, adventurousness, positive, excitement-seeking, gregarious, dominant, vs. impulsive, isolated, depressed
- Openness (original vs. traditional): fantasy-prone, aesthetically-minded, philosophical, creative, intuitive, intellectual, scattered, overwhelmed by ideas vs narrow, inflexible
Stability: structured, organized, emotionally stable, focused #
- Conscientiousness (conscientious vs. carefree): competent, orderly, dicisive, achievement-oriented, self-disciplined, deliberate, industrious, obsessive about order, judgemental, rigid, vs carefree, messy, undisciplined, careless
- Emotional Stability (calm vs. nervous): risky, dangerous, vs. anxious, angry, hostile, depressed, self-conscious, vulnerable
- Agreeableness (agreeable vs. assertive/aggressive): warm, trusting, straightforward, alturistic, modest, compliant, tender-minded, nice, never stand up for themselves vs. aggressive, callous, bullying
Increase with age: agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability (like a kind old grandfather)
1. ❌Agreeableness (15th%): 🔹Compassion (55th%) and ❌Politeness (2nd%) #
I'm somewhat concerned with helping others avoid negative emotion (more so than typical males), but am not swayed by them being upset.
I choose to be skeptical and straightforward at the cost of not being nice. I prefer systems and machines over people.
2. ✅Conscientiousness (69th%): ✅Industriousness (85th%) and 🔹Orderliness (41st%) #
I work hard to make useful plans, and work productively and focused to achieve them. I judge unsuccessful people as deserving of their failure.
I keep things reasonably tidy and ordered, and am not bothered by a little mess or unpredictability. I see lots of nuance in issues others see as black and white.
3. ✅Extraversion (82nd%): ✅Enthusiasm (75th%) and ✅Assertiveness (81st%) #
I have high self-esteem, enthusiastically enjoy social situations, and like fun exciting activities.
I tend to influencially take charge.
4. ❌Neuroticism (4th%): ❌Withdrawl (4th%) and ❌Volatility (7th%) #
I'm not sensitive to negative emotions. I'm comfortable taking calculated risks, don't dwell on mistakes, don't feel imposter syndrome, and feel generally satisfied.
When facing a "serious, sustained, complex problem," I can still feel anxious and unhappy, but I cope well and recover quickly.
I don't worry and don't feel anticipatory anxiety, even when facing actual danger.
My mood is predictably and stably good. Even if provoked, I remain calm.
5. ✅Openness to Experience (71st%): 🔹Openness (51st%) and ✅Intellect (82nd%) #
I enjoy thinking about and solving abstract and complex problems, and I'm good at it. I'm curious about new information.
I enjoy change, even just for the sake of change. I can't tolerate repetitive tasks. I'd much rather create a new venture.
I experience boredom in stable, straightforward, traditional occuptations where the rules don't change. I'm better suited to complex changing environments.
I'm interested in, but not obsessed by, art. I enjoy creative outlets, but don't wither away without them.