Five-factor model personality tests

In November 2018, I took a number of online tests based on the five-factor model, which is generally considered the best scientifically underpinned personality taxonomy.

SelfAuthoring test

The test I trust the most is one developed by the SelfAuthoring group at University of Toronto and McGill University, based on this paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (2007).

1 Agreeableness


Understand Myself Big Five-Test (, taken 5 November 2018. The most interesting results are (see → full report here) (score 1-100):

Agreeability, score 5
I score very low in agreeableness; I’m less agreeable than 94 out of 100 people. People like me are:

    • not so nice: stubborn, dominant, harsh, skeptical, competitive and, in the extreme, even predatory.
    • tend to be straightforward, even blunt, so you know where they stand
    • are seen by others as markedly competitive, colder, tougher and very much less empathic.
    • do not easily see the best in others, and are not particularly tolerant (an attitude that is much valued by agreeable people).
    • are very much less concerned about the emotional state of others, are uncommonly willing to engage in conflict, and will happily sacrifice peace and harmony to make a point or (if conscientious) to get things done.
    • are oftern found to be painfully straightforward and blunt.
    • tend very strongly towards dominance, rather than submission (particularly if also below average in neuroticism).
    • do not easily forgive
    • are not accepting, flexible, gentle or patient.
    • don’t easily feel pity for those who are excluded, punished or defeated
    • tend to attribute such problems to weakness
    • are very unlikely to be taken advantage of by disagreeable, manipulative or otherwise troublesome people, or those with criminal or predatory intent.
    • their high levels of skepticism play a protective role, although it may often interfere with their ability to cooperate with or trust others whose intentions are genuinely good
    • are also less likely to reward good behavior or to give credit where it is due.
    • can cooperate, when cooperation is in their clear self-interest, but very much appreciate competition, with its well-defined losers and winners.
    • do not easily lose arguments (or avoid discussions) with anyone, and can forthrightly enjoy the battle
    • can be very good at bargaining for themselves, and at negotiating for more recognition or power, and are likely to have higher salaries and to earn more money, in consequence
    • less likely to suffer from resentment or to harbour invisible anger. They let you know what they think, when they think it.
    • tend not to sacrifice medium- to long-term stability and function for the sake of short-term peace.
    • problems that should be solved in the present are often solved, and do not accumulate counterproductively across time, although people close to those very low in agreeableness may often experience them as overbearing and uncaring.

Compassion, score 31
I’m moderately low in compassion (an aspect of agreeableness); I’m more compassionate than 31 out of 100 people. People like me:

  • are not primarily oriented towards the problems of other people or other living things
  • are less swayed by cuteness
  • are willing to make other people experience negative emotion by engaging in conflict and competition
  • like to win, and are less concerned about helping other people
  • make sure their own needs and interests are attended to, and are less likely to sacrifice for the sake of other people. This can make them appear harsh and unsympathetic. People might turn to them for the truth, but not for a soft, patient, eternally-listening ear.
  • are not markedly empathetic and caring. However, because they are not primarily other-oriented, they can often negotiate effectively on their own behalf, and are likely to get at least what they deserve (for their hard work, for example).
  • are unlikely to harbor feelings of resentment or hidden anger.

Politeness, score 1
I’m exceptionally low in politeness, less polite than 98 out of 100 people. People like me:

          • challenge and confront authority – and are not obedient.
          • if they are respectful, it is grudgingly, and will only be manifested toward people who continually both deserve and demand it.
          • are comfortable confronting other people, and enjoy it.
          • motivated to engage in conflict, and to seek out confrontation.
          • may have a strong tendency toward conduct-disordered, antisocial, delinquent, even criminal behavior, particularly if male and adolescent.
          • may find themselves very frequently in trouble with authority, in consequence.
          • their skepticism can make it extremely difficult for them to find a place in the middle or lower in hierarchies of power and dominance.
          • are hyper-dominant, rather than submissive (particularly if they are also low in neuroticism).

        Conscientiousness, score 23