Week 43 - 2017

20 Minutes on UnderstandMyself.com


My scores:

(Exceptionally Low - EL, Low - L, Moderately Low - ML, Average - A, Moderately High - MH, High - H, Exceptionally High - EH)

  • Agreeableness - EL
    • Compassion - L, Politeness - EL
  • Conscientiousness - EH
    • Industriousness - EH, Orderliness - H
  • Extraversion - MH
    • Enthusiasm - A, Assertiveness - H
  • Neuroticism - ML
    • Withdrawal - A, Volatility - L
  • Openness to Experience - MH
    • Intellect - MH, Openness - MH

I think for the questions on conscientiousness I was a bit too easy on myself (I scored in the 96th percentile) and on questions on agreeableness, specifically compassion, I was way too hard on myself (I scored 10th percentile). For example one of the questions was "I take advantage of people." A month ago a guy I had just met (and would likely never meet again) bought me a beer at a bar. After accepting I had ample opportunity later in the night to find him and repay him but never did so. Thus I answered "Agree" to the question (on a scale from strongly disagree to strongly agree). I thought I would score average or moderately high on compassion and politeness so I was fine not giving myself the benefit of the doubt for this question. However it appears I might have done that too many times.

At the start of the test you are advised to make decisions based on your day to day actions. Even following this rule, I feel my conscientiousness results are skewed. Since I quit my job a month ago, I've been riding a massive wave of positive energy and excitement which has made me far more productive and diligent this last month than I have been all year. Thus I believe my positive post-employment mood, which will eventually revert back to normal, might have skewed my conscientiousness scores to be higher than what is my normal.

The other main surprise is extroversion. I definitely feel like an introvert. Being around people drains my batteries and I need alone time to recharge. For example I generally can't stand vacations longer than a week partly because I feel frustrated at my lack of growth or learning (high conscientiousness), but mainly because I get so incredibly worn out constantly being around people and having no space/time to myself. However, I'm definitely assertive and reading the description for average enthusiasm sounds like me. People generally say that I'm extremely enthusiastic on a narrow range of topics, then pretty uninterested in almost everything else. So average enthusiasm and and high assertiveness seem right, but that combination automatically producing high extroversion doesn't.

If you take the test, be sure to let me know your results!