Amazingly accurate personality evaluation. Try it yourself.

Most people don’t realize how much information they reveal about themselves while they are using the Internet.

By entering this site, your web browser has invoked a little-known software program that senses your browsing and search history. Without revealing specific details, this program also reviews the text in the emails you have sent and received. Based on your own history, the software reveals the following description of your personality.

This statement is based on extensive research by psychologist Bertram R. Forer.

Please read it and rate it on how accurate it is, with 5=Excellent and 0=Very Poor.

“You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself.

While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them.

You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage.

Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside.

At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing.

You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations.

You also pride yourself as an independent thinker; and do not accept others’ statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others.

At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved.

Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic.”

Look within. Think about this. Be honest: how well does this describe you?

If you’re curious about the “science” behind this analysis, read about Bertram Forer on Wikipedia.

6 thoughts on “Amazingly accurate personality evaluation. Try it yourself.

  1. In psychology this type of personal description is called the Barnum Effect. It’s the same with psychics (or the smart ones anyway), who use what seem to be very accurate personal descriptions, but which are in fact—upon further evalution—very vague, broad assumptions. We tailor them to ourselves, when in fact, most can be tailored to anyone….

    For instance take the one statement, “At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic”. Aren’t everyone’s? Basically all this is telling you is what people WANT to be, what they believe themselves to be in personality. Never true of course, but it is because this sort of thing strokes one’s pride that these personality descriptions get dished out so often. People like them, and generally are eager to believe them, whatever they may say. And the fact is, OF COURSE you are sometimes going to be extroverted and other times introverted. That’s the way people work. All of it is extremely general and can apply to nearly anyone who wants to, on some level, believe it.

    If you want to know the truth, this one made me laugh a little. I’d give it about a 3.

  2. Thanks for the comment. I can tell you’re insightful, even if you aren’t fully appreciated by everyone.
    If it made you laugh, that’s great! After all, wasn’t entertainment a big part of what Barnum offered to the world?

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