What We Need More Of Is Science

The science behind Meyers-Briggs and Kiersey personality/temperament stuff is sketchy. Some of it is evidence-supported, some not particularly. But there is some well-tested personality psychology. The Big Five personality traits (aka OCEAN or CANOE traits) have been shown to be a group of independent axes along which people vary, and people tend to be pretty stable as to where they are on those axes.

They are:

  • Openness to Experience
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extraversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

There’s a free online test where you can get a sketch of yourself along those lines; here’s how I came out…

I’m a O84-C2-E12-A50-N76 Big Five

Not as catchy as “INFP” is it?

Colloquial translation: “I am a twitchy slacker recluse, but inquisitive/creative.”

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8 Responses to What We Need More Of Is Science

  1. James says:


  2. Ed That Goes Ping says:

    That jibes with what I’d expect knowing you, James. :)

  3. Joe says:


  4. Jim Zoetewey says:

    Surprising or unsurprising? I have no idea.


  5. Mary says:

    I’m a O84-C17-E64-A69-N4 Big Five!!

  6. Ed That Goes Ping says:

    Joe’s low O seems very weird to me, maybe I don’t really understand what “O” is supposed to mean. Jim, no big surprises there. :)

  7. Greg says:


    I just don’t seem to fall in the middle of any of the axes…

  8. Ed That Goes Ping says:

    Greg’s score translates as “Nicest Nerd You Know.”

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