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A New Study Released 4 Personality Types, Which One Are You?

A New Study Released 4 Personality Types, Which One Are You?

Northwestern University released a study yesterday stating that there are only 4 personality types

Personality type quizzes and tests have been around for decades, if not centuries, and they are all pretty much the same. Some may have more in depth questions, some may give more insight towards a specific personality type, but they all have one goal in mind: capturing a user’s interest, having them take the test, and telling them a little bit more about who they are. 

 Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

Northwestern University released a study yesterday that revealed that all personalities can be funneled into four “personality types.” They used the internet to run a survey with tests and quizzes amongst 1.5 million people. Each of the questions pertained to one of five character traits. 

Neuroticism

Defined as the “tendency to frequently experience negative emotions such as anger, worry and sadness, as well as being interpersonally sensitive.”

Extraversion

Defined as the “tendency to be talkative, sociable and enjoy others; the tendency to have a dominant style.”

Openness

Defined as the “tendency to appreciate new art, ideas, values, feelings and behaviors.”

Agreeableness

Defined as the “tendency to agree and go along with other, rather than assert one’s own opinions and choices.”

Conscientiousness

Defined as the “tendency to be careful, on time for appointments, to follow rules and to be hard working. 

 Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

The researchers created a variety of quizzes that asked each individual anywhere from between 44 to 300 questions and whichever character traits dominated were what defined the person’s “personality type.” 

What’s interesting, though, is the naming of the personality types. The personality types discovered in this study are “Average,” “Reserved,” “Role Models,” and “Self-centered.”

Average

An “average” personality type is one that scores high in neuroticism and extraversion, low in openness. It’s called “average” because it is the most common personality type. 

Reserved

A “reserved” personality is “emotionally stable but not open or neurotic. They are not particularly extraverted but are somewhat agreeable and conscientious.”

Role Models

A “role model” scores “low in neuroticism and high in all other traits. They are good leaders, dependable and open to new ideas.”

Self-Centered 

Self-centered” people score very high in extraversion and below average in openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness.”

 Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

Photo courtesy of Northwestern University

This personality test is not open to be taken anymore, it was only done for research and discovering the “four distinct clusters of personality types that exist.” 

Luis Amaral and William Revelle led this study for Northwestern and Revelle has this to say, “people have tried to classify personality types since Hippocrates’s time, but previous scientific literature has found that to be nonsense…now, these data show there are higher densities of certain personality types.” 

They believe this information could be of interest to hiring managers or mental healthcare providers. 

We at The Sitch are not so sure how we feel about there being a personality type called “average.” Let us know what you think about this personality type study in the comments section and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more trending news and other entertaining reads.

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