too close for comfort


After seeing the link to 20 Questions to a Better Personality on both Joey and Alex's sites, I felt compelled to avoid a little more work and take the test myself.

Unlike Joey and Alex, who both test as "golden gods," I appear to be a "dictator."

You are an SEDL--Sober Emotional Destructive Leader. This makes you a dictator. You prefer to control situations, and lack of control makes you physically sick. You feel have responsibility for everyone's welfare, and that you will be blamed when things go wrong. Things do go wrong, and you take it harder than you should.

You rely on the validation and support of others, but you have a secret distrust for people and distaste for their habits and weaknesses that make you keep your distance from them. This makes you very difficult to be with romantically. Still, a level-headed peacemaker can keep you balanced.

Despite your fierce temper and general hot-bloodedness, you have a soft spot for animals and a surprising passion for the arts. Sometimes you would almost rather live by your wits in the wilderness somewhere, if you could bring your books and your sketchbook.

You also have a strange, undeniable sexiness to you. You may go insane.


My only consolation is that I'm exactly on the border between "constructive" and "destructive," so I could also be classed as a "politician":

You are an SECL--Sober Emotional Constructive Leader. This makes you a politician. You cut deals, you change minds, you make things happen. You would prefer to be liked than respected, but generally people react to you with both. You are very sensitive to criticism, since your entire business is making people happy.

At times your commitment to the happiness of other people can cut into the happiness of you and your loved ones. This is very demanding on those close to you, who may feel neglected. Slowly, you will learn to set your own agenda--including time to yourself.

You are gregarious, friendly, charming and charismatic. You like animals, sports, and beautiful cars. You wear understated gold jewelry and have secret bad habits, like chewing your fingers and fidgeting.

You are very difficult to dislike.


Well, I dunno, I'm an SRDL, and well, I don't *think* I'm quite that bad... Hilarious descriptions though, especially the secret bad habits ;)


hmm. I am an "evil genius" - but im pretty close to a "dictator" too.

heh. thats just crazy. Especially 'cuz it's pretty close to right!

Well, Liz, from one mob boss to another, I have to say "ouch" as well. I wonder if this correlates to being teachers.

I too am an evil genius (SEDF). Bwa ha ha.

If that makes me the despicable second in command in your evil empire - I'd consider that is a good thing. At the very least, it guarantees I get to do the great near-ending duel as you make your attempted escape at the end of the movie.

Sheesh, I thought I was something special when I was described as a SEDF, but I see two beat me to the punch. Oh well, strength in numbers! :-)


Maybe a librarian thing? I got the same thing...

*lurking again*

I have a hunch. The category most prone to move between testing is the R-E (rational/emotional); the second likeliest to fluctuate would be follower/leader; third, descrtuctive/constructive and the hardest to budge would be the move from wacky to sober or vice versa. Just a hypothesis. It is based on the culturally-loaded opposition in one of the questions. Studied versus Passionate. Seems like a very interesting replay between the classic and the romantic (See opening chapters or Irving Babbitt Rousseau and Romanticism) Now, a Taoist might find it a veritble breeze to test for wacky or sober in easy alternation. Be fun to do the test with a high preference for "passionate" and all the other questions answered with responses at the opposite pole (and vice versa, all the answers on the opposite pole of studied) One one go through both options generated the same personality key. The test always positions the same terms on the left or on the right. Though is does tumble the order of the questions.

This may be a hint at the scoring mechanism. There are 20 questions and 4 elements to the personality keys. Could there be a 5 questions for each of the elements? And could the shiftableness I hypothesized upon be related to a language game and memory. Those who can switch rational/emotional or follower/leader might be adept at working the vocabulary of these particular elements of the personality keys. Interesting how a simple game can lead us to think about or emote upon the linguistic limits of social-interaction style (i.e. personality key) shifts. Wow!

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