April 11, 2011

Choosing which shape will survive could tell you more about you

I'm always down for a good personality test. (I mean, those quizzes in Seventeen were big sellers in teenage me's book.) And while totally ridiculous at times, sometimes there's a little glimmer of truth in the results. (Just FYI: My fall go-to shade of nail polish? OPI's Moon over Mumbai.)

I received an email touting a new (and weird) personality test this morning, so of course, I had to take it. The Pierly/Redford Dissociative Affect Diagnostic promises to explore the brain's affective response system. The 20 questions of the test are a little bizarre. For example:

But when I finished clicking through, I received a decently accurate appraisal of my self:
Quiet and very self-assured, you tend to keep your own council. Pragmatic and practical to a fault, you are not one to worry about the finer points of philosophical discourse. In fact, because you are very much an individualist, you often finds yourself at odds with the established truth or the wishes of the majority. You will often earn the wrath of an employer by taking upon yourself decisions which are rightly those of your manager. You are not one to take credit unless it is deserved. Similarly however, you will also not happily give credit where it is not due. In a romantic relationship you can be very frustrating. While you do care deeply and sincerely, and are willing to work at a relationship, your confidence in your own abilities can on occasion make it difficult to see the world from a partner’s point of view. Quiet and stoic at times, you can drive a more emotional individual completely up the wall. You can become overstressed and fatigued without knowing it. Taking time to rest between bouts of hard work can help to prevent a breakdown later on.
Total poppycock? Perhaps. But it's a tad more interesting to twenty-seven-year-old me than finding out if I could date Justin Bieber.

The result of which quiz would be an unequivocal No, regardless of outcome.


  1. That WAS a weird ass test, haha. Mine wasn't that true to me, I don't think. It's something I'll have to ponder! Also, I LOVE tests and quizzes too!

    Also, my nail polish color is: Get Me to the Taj on Time" (Pale Opal Shade) - Wheeee!!!

  2. I love silly quizzes/tests! I took this the other day, and my results were the complete opposite of me! Also for funsies, being the nerd that I am, I tried to find info on the "science" behind this test to no avail.

    I do think after taking that we are all now sleeper agents for a secret agency that will become active at the first sign of a zombie apocalypse!


  3. Verbally and mentally fluid, you are refreshing and illuminating to those around you. This is occasionally somewhat discounted by the obvious pleasure that you take in exercising your mental acuity. Although generally peaceful you can often take a verbally aggressive tact in relations with the world, which can often be misunderstood by those around you. Innovative in the extreme, you can often think yourself right out of the correct answer to a given problem. Many times you are referred to as your own worst enemy. You tire very quickly of routine and so make poor clerks or administrative help. You also have no respect for authority and little patience for those you regard as inferior, most especially those in charge. Experimentation is your watchword and can occasionally lead to experience for its own sake and shallow decadence. Your thought can sometimes be scattered and disconnected.

    I think some of yours (maybe the last half mostly) sounds more like me. What a weird test.

  4. Often concerned with right and wrong, and punctilious in expressing it, you are best represented by the Customs Agent or the IRS inspector. Initially seen by others as cold or uncaring, you are difficult for those more spontaneous members of society to understand. You are extremely stable, responsible and dependable. You manifest an amazing ability to concentrate on the issue at hand, and are difficult to distract from issues that are important. You manifest a great sense of loyalty to your employers and your government. You tend to show love through a display of committed works, believing that actions speak louder than words. You are also resistant to change and tend to believe that the old ways are best. If a behavior has been successful in the past, why would anyone want to change? You work best in a controlled environment.

    Is it okay that I was chuckling out loud at questions in the last half of the test?

    I think this is fairly accurate. Also, I identify pretty strongly with Wes' results, with the last half in particular. I suspect I identify with Wes' results and he with yours because of the rather vague quasi-generic sort of responses that these tests generate. Often it seems like they can apply to nearly anyone, at least in part.

  5. you're not alone in your love of a random quiz.

    Thoughtful to the extreme, you are often obsessed with perfection and the rules governing your own personal interests. Your world is black and white. You love to work within a logical system, such as language, computer programming, or mathematics. Manipulating a system that can be completely understood is a distinct pleasure to you, because of your confidence in the underlying veracity of your belief system. Because of your appreciation for logic and order, those who speak or think in a sloppy manner are apt to generate more than their share of wrath. Although very amiable, you are not drawn to friendships out of a sense of personal need. You are just as happy by yourself with a good book or puzzle. Because you are so involved with thought, you will on occasion have difficulty dealing with the day-to-day problems of a normal life. Taking out the trash, doing the dishes, these are often left until the last possible moment, if at all.

    while i believe math was the invention of the devil a lot of the rest is pretty accurate. i do fall back on logic and tend to think a majority of people are morons for not having basic logic skills. which leads to the i don't need people as long as i have a book idea. i think most people leave their house work til the last minute though.. surely its not just me...

  6. ooh, i love quizzes! thanks for this post!

    now that i'm back, i've got a lot of commenting to catch up on. Like the star trek post you obsessed on a few posts ago. power to you for acknowledging first contact day. word.

    so free comic book day is coming up in a few weeks - are you hitting up a local comic book store?

    And it's Monday so I hope there's a new Castle tonight to entertain us.

  7. it's true - i'm an excellent hang glider. obviously. :) this was fun!

    Handy in the real world manipulation of objects and events, you are easily enthused by practical projects. You often ignore or conveniently forget rules and boundaries that limit your freedom. This need for freedom extends even to the personal sphere and though you are kind and gentle, you will often be hard to pin down to a monogamous lifestyle. Because you tend to verbalize so seldom, you can be seen as phlegmatic or impassive. In moments of high tension you can often surprise those around you with a lighthearted or humorous remark. Because of your facility with the physical world, you are often engaged in sports that require dexterity, such as motorcycling or hang gliding. You will rarely have time for flights of fancy or unproductive discussion. Constraints on your freedom will be regarded as a personal attack.

  8. Thank you all for playing along! :D

    And Angie, thank you for taking the nail polish quiz too, haha. That made me smile.