Everything I Wanted to Know About Psychometrics by Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson is my hero, not only because he became a YouTube millionaire and the spokesperson of clinical psychology but he has produced 21 lectures on my favorite topic Psychometrics. Jordan dashed my expectations when he described the world of what makes people tick as the BIG FIVE PERSONALITY TRAITS - I thought there were only four.

 At first I thought Jordan has placed EXTROVERSION as the fifth wheel in Jungian Quadrant Theory much like the Myers-Briggs MBTI where Introverts 25% and Extroverts 75% were identified separately from the four quadrant of SENSING, INTUITION, THINKING & FEELING.

Jordan explains that psychometric personality tests are linguistically based on a pool of a 1,000 adjective vocabulary, put into 100 carefully crafted questions to measure scientifically where the individual scores on each of five character traits; Conscientiousness, Openness, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, and Extroversion.  Naturally I had to pay my $9 to take the test.

 

I'm a 57th percentile Extrovert and a 41st percentile in Conscientiousness

Conscientiousness: Typical or Average

You are typical or average in conscientiousness, which is the primary dimension of dutiful achievement in the Big Five personality trait scientific model. Conscientiousness is a measure of obligation, attention to detail, hard work, persistence, cleanliness, efficiency and adherence to rules, standards and processes. Conscientious people implement their plans and establish and maintain order.

Your score puts you at the 41st percentile for conscientiousness. If you were one of 100 people in a room, you would be more conscientious than 41 of them and less conscientious than 58 of them.

People of average conscientious levels generally do their duty, although they are not sloggers. They are reliable, but waste some of their time and have some proclivity to procrastinate (particularly if they are also above average in neuroticism). Most of the time, however, a person of average conscientiousness will deliver what he or she promises, and usually close to or on time and schedule. They are reasonably decisive, neat, organized, future-oriented, and reliable. They can maintain focus, but have some trouble fighting off distraction.

Typically conscientious people tend to obtain more moderate grades in academic settings (unless they are also highly intelligent). They make reasonably competent administrators and managers. Their performance in such situations would be improved by more diligence and focus, and through the use of careful scheduling. They mildly prefer to have everything in its proper place, but are by no means obsessed with detail.

Typically conscientious people are not particularly prone to guilt (although they may let things slide to the point where they have something to feel guilty about), and they are relatively free of shame, self-disgust and self-contempt.

Individuals who are typically conscientious do not react too negatively to failure. They can let themselves off the hook, and tend not to be too judgmental about their own faults, or those of others. They will suffer some shame and guilt when unemployed or otherwise unoccupied, particularly when that occurs through no fault of their own. People of average conscientiousness are reasonably committed to personal responsibility, but also believe that there is more to life than diligence, orderliness and duty. They think that those who work hard should and usually will be rewarded, but also note that luck and chance play their role. They are not excessively preoccupied with hygiene, moral purity or achievement, and are unlikely to be micro-managers or over-controlling.

People with typical levels of conscientiousness are no more likely to be political conservatives or liberals (although they will tilt towards the former if low in openness and the latter if high).

Women are very slightly more conscientious than men. The mean percentile for women in a general population (women and men) is 51.5. For men it is 49.5.

Conscientiousness has two aspects: industriousness and orderliness.

  

 

Neuroticism: Moderately Low

You are moderately low in neuroticism, which is the primary dimension of negative emotion in the Big Five personality trait scientific model. Neuroticism is a measure of general sensitivity to negative emotions such as pain, sadness, irritable or defensive anger, fear and anxiety.

Your score puts you at the 29th percentile for neuroticism. If you were one of 100 people in a room, you would be lower in neuroticism than 70 of them and higher in neuroticism than 29 of them.

People with moderately low levels of neuroticism tend not to focus on the negative elements, anxieties and uncertainties of the past, present and future. They can have periods of time where they are unhappy, anxious and irritable, particularly when facing a serious, sustained problem, but they generally cope well, don’t worry too much, and recover comparatively quickly when stressed. They’re pretty good at keeping their head in a storm, and they tend not to mountains out of molehills.

  "Typically conscientious people tend to obtain more moderate grades in academic settings (unless they are also highly intelligent). " Guess that explains my 'C' grade average through 7 years of high school  and 7 years of college.

"People with moderately low levels of neuroticism tend not to focus on the negative elements, anxieties and uncertainties of the past, present and future. " I could start my own Optimist Club but I don't know why - guess I'll have to watch another half dozen Jordan Peterson Psychometric Lectures.


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