Saturday, January 3, 2009

Personality Plus


I didn't even take this test. I used someone else's results that they posted on flickr


I received an e-mail invitation From Washington University to take a personality test. The study investigates the relation between blogger's personality and the content and style of their writing, and has been approved by the Washington University Human Research Protection Office. Seriously.

I'm pretty sure this is legitimate, because I reviewed the test and did not find any questions that would trick me into giving out my bank account numbers, the exact location of my safe deposit key or the bar code number on Layla the dog's ID chip. Not that she's going anywhere, but we thought, just in case she decides to set out on her own and find a family that serves better dog treats we'd like to be able to drag her back home kicking and barking. We have a lot of money invested in her, she keeps my feet warm at night and her cuteness factor has saved her from oblivion many a time.



This looks more like it


So anyway, this is your typical personality test. The first hurdle is, they give you a choice of two versions - the short with 100 questions and the long with 300. I'm leaning toward the 300. After all, it's Saturday and what else would I have to do while the endless progression of bowl games play out on my television.

But I think that the choice between long and short is a test in and of itself. No matter what answers you give in the long or short version they'll have your whole life figured out by your decision to spend either 10 or 30 minutes of your life answering questions based on a random e-mail request sent by a complete stranger who may or may not exist. So my decision will be delayed for most of the afternoon as I sit huddled in the corner with my blankie trying to second guess what the best of the two decisions might be.



Once the decision is made I have to then decide whether each question is accurate or not, and to what degree.

Example:

309. Enjoy wild flights of fantasy.
0 very inaccurate 0 somewhat inaccurate 0 neither accurate nor inaccurate 0 somewhat accurate 0 very accurate

None of the answers really apply. My answer - and maybe I'll just write this choice in next to every question - is: 0 Like What?

Each question is asked in several different ways, so no matter how good you are at presenting yourself as a self confident, social, organized, friendly, intelligent, well rounded person, the test is going to trick you into admitting you are a self stylized hermit who cares not a fig for doing anything of value and would prefer to sit on your laurels, even though you know damn well you have no laurels since they went down the drain with your 401k. I tell you, if it weren't for the Mister, taking care of the laundry, picking up your empty glasses, and running errands, you'd be sitting naked at the keyboard perched on a stack of old newspapers, eating raw rice and drinking water out of an old egg carton. But that's neither here nor there.


Actual picture of my brain while eating Cheezits



315 . Radiate joy.
o very inaccurate o somewhat inaccurate o neither accurate nor inaccurate o somewhat accurate 0 very accurate o like what??


Speaking of answers, some of my very favorite bloggers have been mulling over age old questions lately, and have come up with some (highly suspect) answers for you. Stop by and check them out!

Debby has provided answers to the age old question of Why did the ever lovin' chicken cross the road: HERE

Ann Lefler has provided a fine list of new years resolutions. If you haven't bothered to list any for yourself, feel free to pick and choose among hers. I did: HERE

Blicky Kitty opened his mailbox and gives Ann Landers another wild ride for her money: HERE

And Nanny Goats in Panties provides us with drug induced answers to the prickly question of is it ok to take expired medications: HERE

16 comments:

Genna said...

HA HA....that is so funny and I thought I was the only one who over analyzed the tests and then tried to answer as if I wasn't over analyzing but then wait, maybe the over analysis is what makes you normal, but it couldn't be..... LOL Good luck! I also have the same dog issue. Chip implanted, and cuteness her only saving grace.

Sparky ♥ ∞ and Wiregrass Steve said...

It's not OK to take expired medications??!! So I'm not suppose to me munching on this medication from 1979?? Uh oh. I'm in trouble .... another piece of the puzzle. [tee hee]
They need to show me what my brain looks like on dark chocolate. There's probably a BIG dark hole where my brain used to be ...
Hugs ~ Sparky ♥ ∞

Martha said...

Thanks for the chuckle, Muse Swings. Homer Simpson, doh!

Betsy said...

This test looks a bit more accurate than the "What Kind of Cookie Are You?" test that I posted last month. Although, my results did say that I was complicated, which is pretty true. tee-hee!

Sweet Repose said...

I'm still confused...how do you drink water out of old egg cartons??? but I'm with ya on the hermit thing...right on...

Blicky Kitty said...

Oh thank you for the shout out! There are a bunch of standard psychology tests online which are fun to take with your spouse. Then you get to have the "OMG that is YOU in a nutshell" conversation afterwards.

Oh and I think the National Geographic did an article about bloggers in their indigenous Bloggyland habitats and most of them were actually perched naked on a stack of newpapers, eating raw rice and drinking water out of an old egg carton (the pictures were gorgeous). I think that is the natural, primeval state for most bloggers but society keeps destroying our way of life.

soulbrush said...

these tests are such a sham....mine would say well-adjusted and sane and responsible and together...which would all be WRONG!!

Bibi said...

I will usually answer any questionnaire sent to me.... I got one once that actually asked, "Do you fill out questionnaires?" I wonder if they got any "no's" on that one.

MuseSwings said...

Betsy - you may be complicated but only in all the best ways.
Sparky - if you have to dig the stuff out of the bottle with a seafood fork, I'd say borrow something from a neighbor instead.
Martha Doh! back at ya!
Sharon: One would take a pair of hitherto unused craft scissors and cut the egg carton into a dozen little cups the size of a shotglass.

Blicky hahahahah! At least you didn't tell the worl that I was the person in the pictures.

Me too soulbrush and we all know that ain't so!
I do too - I took the test yesterday - the long version. I'll let you know how I fared as soon as I dig it back out of the trash can.

Anna Lefler said...

As a psych major, I can say with 100% certainty that you are correct about personality tests...and that this post rocked.

Thanks for the shout-out!

XO

Anna

Janeen said...

Very funny! Very funny!

tara @ kidz said...

I love coming over here. You always put a smile on my face!

Sandy said...

I can always count on a good laugh when coming here! Once again, haha!! I'll have to check out those links tomorrow!

can't wait to hear about which test you are going to do and how it turned out.

Tazeen said...

Homer Simpson rules !!!

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Wait, Blicky Kitty has a "his mailbox"? I've been calling it a "her mailbox". Oops.

Thank you so much for the linky love!

Margaret

MuseSwings said...

Nan - Yep Blick's a boy. The personal animal wrangler owned by Blick is a girl.