While tidying up my Philosophical Natterings page, I decided to take the IPIP-NEO short form again and see if there were significant changes. Rather than muck about with formatting, I'm just going to pre-tag like I did with the original, but I'll add in the old numbers in (red parentheses) for comparison purposes.

    And yes, I used "Blendo" again as my fake name.

IPIP-NEO Narrative Report
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This report compares Blendo from the country USA to other men between 41 and
60 years of age. (The name used in this report is either a nickname chosen by
the person taking the test, or, if a valid nickname was not chosen, a random
nickname generated by the program.)

This report estimates the individual's level on each of the five broad
personality domains of the Five-Factor Model. The description of each one of
the five broad domains is followed by a more detailed description of
personality according to the six subdomains that comprise each domain.

A note on terminology. Personality traits describe, relative to other people,
the frequency or intensity of a person's feelings, thoughts, or
behaviors. Possession of a trait is therefore a matter of degree. We might
describe two individuals as extraverts, but still see one as more extraverted
than the other. This report uses expressions such as "extravert" or "high in
extraversion" to describe someone who is likely to be seen by others as
relatively extraverted. The computer program that generates this report
classifies you as low, average, or high in a trait according to whether your
score is approximately in the lowest 30%, middle 40%, or highest 30% of
scores obtained by people of your sex and roughly your age. Your numerical
scores are reported and graphed as percentile estimates. For example, a score
of "60" means that your level on that trait is estimated to be higher than
60% of persons of your sex and age.

Please keep in mind that "low," "average," and "high" scores on a personality
test are neither absolutely good nor bad. A particular level on any trait
will probably be neutral or irrelevant for a great many activities, be
helpful for accomplishing some things, and detrimental for accomplishing
other things. As with any personality inventory, scores and descriptions can
only approximate an individual's actual personality. High and low score
descriptions are usually accurate, but average scores close to the low or
high boundaries might misclassify you as only average. On each set of six
subdomain scales it is somewhat uncommon but certainly possible to score high
in some of the subdomains and low in the others. In such cases more attention
should be paid to the subdomain scores than to the broad domain
score. Questions about the accuracy of your results are best resolved by
showing your report to people who know you well.

John A. Johnson wrote descriptions of the five domains and thirty
subdomains. These descriptions are based on an extensive reading of the
scientific literature on personality measurement. Although Dr. Johnson would
like to be acknowledged as the author of these materials if they are
reproduced, he has placed them in the public domain.
Extraversion is marked by pronounced engagement with the external
world. Extraverts enjoy being with people, are full of energy, and often
experience positive emotions. They tend to be enthusiastic, action-oriented,
individuals who are likely to say "Yes!" or "Let's go!" to opportunities for
excitement. In groups they like to talk, assert themselves, and draw
attention to themselves.

Introverts lack the exuberance, energy, and activity levels of
extraverts. They tend to be quiet, low-key, deliberate, and disengaged from
the social world. Their lack of social involvement should not be interpreted
as shyness or depression; the introvert simply needs less stimulation than an
extravert and prefers to be alone. The independence and reserve of the
introvert is sometimes mistaken as unfriendliness or arrogance. In reality,
an introvert who scores high on the agreeableness dimension will not seek
others out but will be quite pleasant when approached.

DOMAIN/Facet   Score     
..Friendliness 90   (74)
..Gregariousness    73   (55)
..Assertiveness     60   (54)
..Activity Level    47   (38)
..Excitement-Seeking     30   (4)
..Cheerfulness 35   (46)
Your score on Extraversion is average, indicating you are neither a subdued
loner nor a jovial chatterbox. You enjoy time with others but also time
alone.  (I seem to have gotten more extraverted in general,
but a bit grumpier.)

Extraversion Facets

    Friendliness. Friendly people genuinely like other people and openly
demonstrate positive feelings toward others. They make friends quickly and it
is easy for them to form close, intimate relationships. Low scorers on
Friendliness are not necessarily cold and hostile, but they do not reach out
to others and are perceived as distant and reserved. Your level of
friendliness is high.
    Gregariousness. Gregarious people find the company of others pleasantly
stimulating and rewarding. They enjoy the excitement of crowds. Low scorers
tend to feel overwhelmed by, and therefore actively avoid, large crowds. They
do not necessarily dislike being with people sometimes, but their need for
privacy and time to themselves is much greater than for individuals who score
high on this scale. Your level of gregariousness is high.
    Assertiveness. High scorers Assertiveness like to speak out, take charge,
and direct the activities of others. They tend to be leaders in groups. Low
scorers tend not to talk much and let others control the activities of
groups. Your level of assertiveness is average.
    Activity Level. Active individuals lead fast-paced, busy lives. They move
about quickly, energetically, and vigorously, and they are involved in many
activities. People who score low on this scale follow a slower and more
leisurely, relaxed pace. Your activity level is average.
    Excitement-Seeking. High scorers on this scale are easily bored without
high levels of stimulation. They love bright lights and hustle and
bustle. They are likely to take risks and seek thrills. Low scorers are
overwhelmed by noise and commotion and are adverse to thrill-seeking. Your
level of excitement-seeking is low.
    Cheerfulness. This scale measures positive mood and feelings, not
negative emotions (which are a part of the Neuroticism domain). Persons who
score high on this scale typically experience a range of positive feelings,
including happiness, enthusiasm, optimism, and joy. Low scorers are not as
prone to such energetic, high spirits. Your level of positive emotions is

Agreeableness reflects individual differences in concern with cooperation and
social harmony. Agreeable individuals value getting along with others. They
are therefore considerate, friendly, generous, helpful, and willing to
compromise their interests with others'. Agreeable people also have an
optimistic view of human nature. They believe people are basically honest,
decent, and trustworthy.

Disagreeable individuals place self-interest above getting along with
others. They are generally unconcerned with others' well-being, and therefore
are unlikely to extend themselves for other people. Sometimes their
skepticism about others' motives causes them to be suspicious, unfriendly,
and uncooperative.

Agreeableness is obviously advantageous for attaining and maintaining
popularity. Agreeable people are better liked than disagreeable people. On
the other hand, agreeableness is not useful in situations that require tough
or absolute objective decisions. Disagreeable people can make excellent
scientists, critics, or soldiers.

DOMAIN/Facet   Score     
..Trust   45   (51)
..Morality     26   (29)
..Altruism     30   (45)
..Cooperation  53   (54)
..Modesty 29   (35)
..Sympathy     47   (31)
Your score on Agreeableness is low, indicating less concern with others'
needs Than with your own. People see you as tough, critical, and
uncompromising.  (Gonna call this one mostly a wash, with
altruism and sympathy maybe having changed in 20 years, or maybe I'm just in
a different mood today.)

Agreeableness Facets

    Trust. A person with high trust assumes that most people are fair,
honest, and have good intentions. Persons low in trust see others as selfish,
devious, and potentially dangerous. Your level of trust is average.
    Morality. High scorers on this scale see no need for pretense or
manipulation when dealing with others and are therefore candid, frank, and
sincere. Low scorers believe that a certain amount of deception in social
relationships is necessary. People find it relatively easy to relate to the
straightforward high-scorers on this scale. They generally find it more
difficult to relate to the unstraightforward low-scorers on this scale. It
should be made clear that low scorers are not unprincipled or immoral; they
are simply more guarded and less willing to openly reveal the whole
truth. Your level of morality is low.
    Altruism. Altruistic people find helping other people genuinely
rewarding. Consequently, they are generally willing to assist those who are
in need. Altruistic people find that doing things for others is a form of
self-fulfillment rather than self-sacrifice. Low scorers on this scale do not
particularly like helping those in need. Requests for help feel like an
imposition rather than an opportunity for self-fulfillment. Your level of
altruism is low.
    Cooperation. Individuals who score high on this scale dislike
confrontations. They are perfectly willing to compromise or to deny their own
needs in order to get along with others. Those who score low on this scale
are more likely to intimidate others to get their way. Your level of
cooperation is average.
    Modesty. High scorers on this scale do not like to claim that they are
better than other people. In some cases this attitude may derive from low
self-confidence or self-esteem. Nonetheless, some people with high
self-esteem find immodesty unseemly. Those who are willing to describe
themselves as superior tend to be seen as disagreeably arrogant by other
people. Your level of modesty is low.
    Sympathy. People who score high on this scale are tenderhearted and
compassionate. They feel the pain of others vicariously and are easily moved
to pity. Low scorers are not affected strongly by human suffering. They pride
themselves on making objective judgments based on reason. They are more
concerned with truth and impartial justice than with mercy. Your level of
tender-mindedness is average.

Conscientiousness concerns the way in which we control, regulate, and direct
our impulses. Impulses are not inherently bad; occasionally time constraints
require a snap decision, and acting on our first impulse can be an effective
response. Also, in times of play rather than work, acting spontaneously and
impulsively can be fun. Impulsive individuals can be seen by others as
colorful, fun-to-be-with, and zany.

Nonetheless, acting on impulse can lead to trouble in a number of ways. Some
impulses are antisocial. Uncontrolled antisocial acts not only harm other
members of society, but also can result in retribution toward the perpetrator
of such impulsive acts. Another problem with impulsive acts is that they
often produce immediate rewards but undesirable, long-term
consequences. Examples include excessive socializing that leads to being
fired from one's job, hurling an insult that causes the breakup of an
important relationship, or using pleasure-inducing drugs that eventually
destroy one's health.

Impulsive behavior, even when not seriously destructive, diminishes a
person's effectiveness in significant ways. Acting impulsively disallows
contemplating alternative courses of action, some of which would have been
wiser than the impulsive choice. Impulsivity also sidetracks people during
projects that require organized sequences of steps or stages. Accomplishments
of an impulsive person are therefore small, scattered, and inconsistent.

A hallmark of intelligence, what potentially separates human beings from
earlier life forms, is the ability to think about future consequences before
acting on an impulse. Intelligent activity involves contemplation of
long-range goals, organizing and planning routes to these goals, and
persisting toward one's goals in the face of short-lived impulses to the
contrary. The idea that intelligence involves impulse control is nicely
captured by the term prudence, an alternative label for the Conscientiousness
domain. Prudent means both wise and cautious. Persons who score high on the
Conscientiousness scale are, in fact, perceived by others as intelligent.

The benefits of high conscientiousness are obvious. Conscientious individuals
avoid trouble and achieve high levels of success through purposeful planning
and persistence. They are also positively regarded by others as intelligent
and reliable. On the negative side, they can be compulsive perfectionists and
workaholics. Furthermore, extremely conscientious individuals might be
regarded as stuffy and boring. Unconscientious people may be criticized for
their unreliability, lack of ambition, and failure to stay within the lines,
but they will experience many short-lived pleasures and they will never be
called stuffy.

DOMAIN/Facet   Score     
..Self-Efficacy     77   (52)
..Orderliness  17   (18)
..Dutifulness  56   (41)
..Achievement-Striving   43   (35)
..Self-Discipline   60   (36)
..Cautiousness 35   (47)
Your score on Conscientiousness is average. This means you are reasonably
reliable, organized, and self-controlled.  (Yeah, here's
where a decade at K-State had its effect.  Still a slob, but a lot more sure
of myself, stronger sense of duty and discipline.  And perhaps a bit more
willing to take chances, since I know I can handle it.)

Conscientiousness Facets

    Self-Efficacy. Self-Efficacy describes confidence in one's ability to
accomplish things. High scorers believe they have the intelligence (common
sense), drive, and self-control necessary for achieving success. Low scorers
do not feel effective, and may have a sense that they are not in control of
their lives. Your level of self-efficacy is high.
    Orderliness. Persons with high scores on orderliness are
well-organized. They like to live according to routines and schedules. They
keep lists and make plans. Low scorers tend to be disorganized and
scattered. Your level of orderliness is low.
    Dutifulness. This scale reflects the strength of a person's sense of duty
and obligation. Those who score high on this scale have a strong sense of
moral obligation. Low scorers find contracts, rules, and regulations overly
confining. They are likely to be seen as unreliable or even
irresponsible. Your level of dutifulness is average.
    Achievement-Striving. Individuals who score high on this scale strive
hard to achieve excellence. Their drive to be recognized as successful keeps
them on track toward their lofty goals. They often have a strong sense of
direction in life, but extremely high scores may be too single-minded and
obsessed with their work. Low scorers are content to get by with a minimal
amount of work, and might be seen by others as lazy. Your level of
achievement striving is average.
    Self-Discipline. Self-discipline-what many people call will-power-refers
to the ability to persist at difficult or unpleasant tasks until they are
completed. People who possess high self-discipline are able to overcome
reluctance to begin tasks and stay on track despite distractions. Those with
low self-discipline procrastinate and show poor follow-through, often failing
to complete tasks-even tasks they want very much to complete. Your level of
self-discipline is average.
    Cautiousness. Cautiousness describes the disposition to think through
possibilities before acting. High scorers on the Cautiousness scale take
their time when making decisions. Low scorers often say or do first thing
that comes to mind without deliberating alternatives and the probable
consequences of those alternatives. Your level of cautiousness is average.

Freud originally used the term neurosis to describe a condition marked by
mental distress, emotional suffering, and an inability to cope effectively
with the normal demands of life. He suggested that everyone shows some signs
of neurosis, but that we differ in our degree of suffering and our specific
symptoms of distress. Today neuroticism refers to the tendency to experience
negative feelings. Those who score high on Neuroticism may experience
primarily one specific negative feeling such as anxiety, anger, or
depression, but are likely to experience several of these emotions. People
high in neuroticism are emotionally reactive. They respond emotionally to
events that would not affect most people, and their reactions tend to be more
intense than normal. They are more likely to interpret ordinary situations as
threatening, and minor frustrations as hopelessly difficult. Their negative
emotional reactions tend to persist for unusually long periods of time, which
means they are often in a bad mood. These problems in emotional regulation
can diminish a neurotic's ability to think clearly, make decisions, and cope
effectively with stress.

At the other end of the scale, individuals who score low in neuroticism are
less easily upset and are less emotionally reactive. They tend to be calm,
emotionally stable, and free from persistent negative feelings. Freedom from
negative feelings does not mean that low scorers experience a lot of positive
feelings; frequency of positive emotions is a component of the Extraversion

DOMAIN/Facet   Score     
NEUROTICISM    34   (29)
..Anxiety 32   (36)
..Anger   61   (52)
..Depression   34   (38)
..Self-Consciousness     8    (8)
..Immoderation 37   (19)
..Vulnerability     62   (58)
Your score on Neuroticism is average, indicating that your level of emotional
reactivity is typical of the general population. Stressful and frustrating
situations are somewhat upsetting to you, but you are generally able to get
over these feelings and cope with these situations.  (Not a
lot of change here, a bit quicker to anger, and probably a LOT more honest
about my immoderation, since I know I have tighter control of a lot of my
urges now than in the 90s when I weighed 300 lbs and regularly polished off
family sized bags of Doritos.)

Neuroticism Facets

    Anxiety. The "fight-or-flight" system of the brain of anxious individuals
is too easily and too often engaged. Therefore, people who are high in
anxiety often feel like something dangerous is about to happen. They may be
afraid of specific situations or be just generally fearful. They feel tense,
jittery, and nervous. Persons low in Anxiety are generally calm and
fearless. Your level of anxiety is low.
    Anger. Persons who score high in Anger feel enraged when things do not go
their way. They are sensitive about being treated fairly and feel resentful
and bitter when they feel they are being cheated. This scale measures the
tendency to feel angry; whether or not the person expresses annoyance and
hostility depends on the individual's level on Agreeableness. Low scorers do
not get angry often or easily. Your level of anger is average.
    Depression. This scale measures the tendency to feel sad, dejected, and
discouraged. High scorers lack energy and have difficult initiating
activities. Low scorers tend to be free from these depressive feelings. Your
level of depression is average.
    Self-Consciousness. Self-conscious individuals are sensitive about what
others think of them. Their concern about rejection and ridicule cause them
to feel shy and uncomfortable around others. They are easily embarrassed and
often feel ashamed. Their fears that others will criticize or make fun of
them are exaggerated and unrealistic, but their awkwardness and discomfort
may make these fears a self-fulfilling prophecy. Low scorers, in contrast, do
not suffer from the mistaken impression that everyone is watching and judging
them. They do not feel nervous in social situations. Your level or
self-consciousness is low.
    Immoderation. Immoderate individuals feel strong cravings and urges that
they have have difficulty resisting. They tend to be oriented toward
short-term pleasures and rewards rather than long- term consequences. Low
scorers do not experience strong, irresistible cravings and consequently do
not find themselves tempted to overindulge. Your level of immoderation is
    Vulnerability. High scorers on Vulnerability experience panic, confusion,
and helplessness when under pressure or stress. Low scorers feel more poised,
confident, and clear-thinking when stressed. Your level of vulnerability is

Openness to Experience
Openness to Experience describes a dimension of cognitive style that
distinguishes imaginative, creative people from down-to-earth, conventional
people. Open people are intellectually curious, appreciative of art, and
sensitive to beauty. They tend to be, compared to closed people, more aware
of their feelings. They tend to think and act in individualistic and
nonconforming ways. Intellectuals typically score high on Openness to
Experience; consequently, this factor has also been called Culture or
Intellect. Nonetheless, Intellect is probably best regarded as one aspect of
openness to experience. Scores on Openness to Experience are only modestly
related to years of education and scores on standard intelligent tests.

Another characteristic of the open cognitive style is a facility for thinking
in symbols and abstractions far removed from concrete experience. Depending
on the individual's specific intellectual abilities, this symbolic cognition
may take the form of mathematical, logical, or geometric thinking, artistic
and metaphorical use of language, music composition or performance, or one of
the many visual or performing arts. People with low scores on openness to
experience tend to have narrow, common interests. They prefer the plain,
straightforward, and obvious over the complex, ambiguous, and subtle. They
may regard the arts and sciences with suspicion, regarding these endeavors as
abstruse or of no practical use. Closed people prefer familiarity over
novelty; they are conservative and resistant to change.

Openness is often presented as healthier or more mature by psychologists, who
are often themselves open to experience. However, open and closed styles of
thinking are useful in different environments. The intellectual style of the
open person may serve a professor well, but research has shown that closed
thinking is related to superior job performance in police work, sales, and a
number of service occupations.

DOMAIN/Facet   Score     
OPENNESS  78   (70)
..Imagination  82   (72)
..Artistic Interests     72   (40)
..Emotionality 10   (54)
..Adventurousness   42   (28)
..Intellect    91   (79)
..Liberalism   89   (93)
Your score on Openness to Experience is high, indicating you enjoy novelty,
variety, and change. You are curious, imaginative, and creative.  (Holy crap, I've become a Vulcan.  I suspect my low score now is
less due to lack of awareness of my own emotions, and more due to awareness
that they're not as intense as I used to think.)

Openness Facets

    Imagination. To imaginative individuals, the real world is often too
plain and ordinary. High scorers on this scale use fantasy as a way of
creating a richer, more interesting world. Low scorers are on this scale are
more oriented to facts than fantasy. Your level of imagination is high.
    Artistic Interests. High scorers on this scale love beauty, both in art
and in nature. They become easily involved and absorbed in artistic and
natural events. They are not necessarily artistically trained nor talented,
although many will be. The defining features of this scale are interest in,
and appreciation of natural and artificial beauty. Low scorers lack aesthetic
sensitivity and interest in the arts. Your level of artistic interests is
    Emotionality. Persons high on Emotionality have good access to and
awareness of their own feelings. Low scorers are less aware of their feelings
and tend not to express their emotions openly. Your level of emotionality is
    Adventurousness. High scorers on adventurousness are eager to try new
activities, travel to foreign lands, and experience different things. They
find familiarity and routine boring, and will take a new route home just
because it is different. Low scorers tend to feel uncomfortable with change
and prefer familiar routines. Your level of adventurousness is average.
    Intellect. Intellect and artistic interests are the two most important,
central aspects of openness to experience. High scorers on Intellect love to
play with ideas. They are open-minded to new and unusual ideas, and like to
debate intellectual issues. They enjoy riddles, puzzles, and brain
teasers. Low scorers on Intellect prefer dealing with either people or things
rather than ideas. They regard intellectual exercises as a waste of
time. Intellect should not be equated with intelligence. Intellect is an
intellectual style, not an intellectual ability, although high scorers on
Intellect score slightly higher than low-Intellect individuals on
standardized intelligence tests. Your level of intellect is high.
    Liberalism. Psychological liberalism refers to a readiness to challenge
authority, convention, and traditional values. In its most extreme form,
psychological liberalism can even represent outright hostility toward rules,
sympathy for law-breakers, and love of ambiguity, chaos, and
disorder. Psychological conservatives prefer the security and stability
brought by conformity to tradition. Psychological liberalism and conservatism
are not identical to political affiliation, but certainly incline individuals
toward certain political parties. Your level of liberalism is high.

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