Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Snoop (Take II)

Another post inspired by Sam Gosling's Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You (2008, 2009). Let's take the Big Five personality test. These help one focus on personality, with refining features. What is not clear to me initially is the variability of cultural impact on personality. Are there universal traits, across time and space? Yes and no. But we'll leave that for another time, in another space.

The Big Five:
Open to experiences.
Neurotic factor.

Two that jump out from personal observations: open to experience (vs. not). I'm off the charts with that one, but I also know or have known people who were absolutely opposed to new experiences. One (now deceased) was a historian-writer always to be seen at the same eatery at the same time, six to seven days per week, for most of his adult life.

The second one is a neurotic element that Gosling nicknames "The Woody Allen Factor." I know people saturated with this personality aspect. "What they might do: Think again and again and again what his friend really meant by that remark." The other ones are pretty easy to figure out, too, at least in a general way.

In any case, here's a link to a Big Five inventory at the Personality Test Center for anyone interested. How can you resist?

Today's Rune: Wholeness.  


1 comment:

jodi said...

Erik-I don't want to know....