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Taking ‘The Big Personality Test’ by BBC Lab UK

Posted Nov 24 2009 10:00pm

What is the Big Personality Test?

“The Big Personality Test is designed to answer the question: do our personalities shape our lives or do our lives shape our personalities? A big question like this requires a lot of people to answer it, which is why Child of Our Time and Lab UK are inviting everyone in Britain to take part in this groundbreaking experiment.

By answering simple questions about things like your lifestyle, preferences, relationships and background, you will be helping scientists to understand to what extent our personalities are shaped by a whole range of influences.

My Result


The Big Personality Test works out your ‘Big Five’ traits (which we refer to as ‘your unique personality fingerprint’). The Big Five test, or ‘Five Factor’ personality test, is a widely recognised and well-used scientific measure of personality.

The traits it measures are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extroversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism (OCEAN). But be careful – these terms may not mean what you think they mean!

  • Openness describes to what extent you are receptive to novel ideas, creative experiences and different values.
  • Conscientiousness describes to what extent you are organised, strategic and forward-planning.
  • Extroversion describes to what extent you are inclined to experience positive emotions and how attracted you are to social, stimulating experiences.
  • Agreeableness describes to what extent you are concerned about the feelings of others and how easily you form bonds with people.
  • Neuroticism describes to what extent you react to perceived threats and stressful situations.

The Big Five test is generally acknowledged as the most stable measure of personality over time. This means that someone who takes the test even years apart is likely get a similar result both times.”- Text and pics taken from The Big Personality Test website

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