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How does this personality test work?

Asked by troubleinharlem (7981points) January 24th, 2011


Okay, so I took this test, and for the most part it was pretty accurate. Why was it accurate when the questions did not really have to do with anything? Is it just general for anything that you answer?

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poisonedantidote's avatar

I just took the test real fast giving the first answer to everything, just to see how it works.

It works the same way horoscopes do. It tells you very general things, and things everyone likes to think about them selves.

For example, without knowing you, I could say:

“You are a confident person, but some times have your doubts” or I could also say “you try and keep track of money, but some how always end up spending it anyway” and 80%-90% of everyone you tell will agree.

I could also say:

* You are a good person
* You like to enjoy your self
* You are fairly clever


No one is going to think, “hold on a moment, I’m not a good person, I’m an ass, this test is wrong”

Anyway, this is how I suspect it works, but thats just at first glance.

EDIT: take the test again giving random answers, after taking the test again im now sure it works the same way as horoscopes do.

Rarebear's avatar

@poisonedantidote is absolutely right. Giving vague affirming answers is a hallmark of cold reading. You use confirmation bias to accept the ones you agree with and give them more weight.

jaytkay's avatar

Fun test: Pick one horoscope. Print it 12 times, labeled with the 12 signs. Ask someone their sign. Shuffle through the paper and say “Libra [or whatever sign]. Read this. Does it describe you well?”

I bet most people say yes.

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flutherother's avatar

I took the test and found it to be uncannily accurate but I don’t know how it works.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

This part “The right job for you:
You’re a practical person and will choose a secure job with a steady income. Knowing what you like to do is important. Find a regular job doing just that and you’ll be set for life.

How do you view success:
You are afraid of failure and scared to have a go at the career you would like to have in case you don’t succeed. Don’t give up when you haven’t yet even started! Be courageous.

What are you most afraid of:
You are concerned about your image and the way others see you. This means that you try very hard to be accepted by other people. It’s time for you to believe in who you are, not what you wear.”

is completely wrong, for me.

incendiary_dan's avatar

I once took a test that said I was nice or something, and did say “no, that’s not right”.

hobbitsubculture's avatar

Maybe you have a similar personality to the person who wrote the test. A single person can’t always conceive of all the differences between people. At work, I often have people ask me if I’m lonely after hours. In fact, I enjoy being alone. But that’s a trait not everyone shares, or even understands. Someone who doesn’t understand the need for solitude could easily forget that trait in writing a test like this. If the person who wrote this test thinks along similar lines as you, that could make it likely that the answer you got fits you better. With any test of this kind (even with personality tests written by qualified psychologists), the personality of the tester and their biases are always going to come through.

Also, the vagueness thing that others mention. I’m about 50/50 on the answers I got.

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