When we sit down to write, we all have a vague idea of what we’re trying to say. But what does the way you write say about your personality? You can find out…
My day job is at a psychometrics firm. We create and deliver people assessments for recruitment and development. This includes a lot of data analysis. Every now and then I complete a personality questionnaire, and the results are always surprisingly accurate.
Recently I noticed that a competitor firm is trialling a new kind of personality assessment. It’s based on analysing writing; the language used, the way you form sentences, as well as the content and what you say. You need to paste in about 3,000 words for a high quality analysis, but that was easy enough when I copied my last 5 blog posts over.
Here’s what the results said about me. I found it quite flattering!
You are tranquil, informal and unconventional.
You are independent: you have a strong desire to have time to yourself. You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. And you are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them.
Your choices are driven by a desire for discovery.
You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you.
If you want to test your own writing, here’s the link to the demo site.
Photo: Dierk Schaefer, Creative Commons.