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  1. moi:

    o 93
    c 1
    e 3
    a 32
    n 97

    I’d probably be higher for O, except that I of course answered strongly disagree to ‘politically liberal’. Though I am left on a lot of things.

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  2. I got approximately the same result. PTypes calls us Schizoid, which is the neurotic version of Solitary. Apparently I have little interest in being part of a family or in having sexual experiences, which is something that will bitterly disappoint my wife.

    I get definite results on the five-factor model, which is more than I can say for the Enneagram (which places me as a 4, 5, or 6, depending on which time I took it) and or the Myers-Briggs (on which I score as ISFP even though INTP seems more fitting).

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  3. I think Eysenck was broadly correct in suggesting that Genius (his book of that title, 1995) requires both high intelligence and at least moderately high Psychoticism.

    Mod high Psychoticism implies highish creativity (wide associative field, pretty much what schizotypy is trying to measure) which itself correlates with with lowish agreeableness, and lowish conscientiousness.

    http://medicalhypotheses.blogspot.com/2009/02/why-are-modern-scientists-so-dull.html

    The basic idea is that the loose associations generate numerous unusual ideas which are winnowed and tested by intelligence.

    Low agreeableness is useful fro the reasons you imply, low conscientiousness is probably not useful as such – more of a limitation; but means that a person can only work really hard on things that interest them, and not on the standard tasks which society puts before them – tending to make people more original.

    (Intelligent people who are also agreeable and conscientious will be very good at exams, and very good at doing better what is already established – very good at almost everything – and *therefore* will put their energies into the standard socially approved stuff and will not be driven to be original.)

    He also pointed out that Genius was an unusual combination of attributes – going against the correlations, at the extremes of scatter around a correlation line.

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  4. @rs – “I’d probably be higher for O.”

    i’ve been higher on O, too, on other occasions when i’ve taken big 5 tests. dunno. must’ve been in a “mood” yesterday. (~_^)

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  5. @olave – heh. yes, schizoid is a term bandied about here in my home quite a lot. aspies or schizoids — who can be sure? (~_^)

    i usually get an infp on the myers-briggs, but am almost always 3 or 4 points away from being an intp. i guess i’m the girl version of an intp (with all the emotions, that is).

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  6. @bgc – “…low conscientiousness is probably not useful as such – more of a limitation; but means that a person can only work really hard on things that interest them, and not on the standard tasks which society puts before them….”

    yes, that makes sense. like it’s a struggle for a certain person who shall remain nameless (moi!) to get motivated to get the laundry done, but if we’re talking about, oh, reading some biology….

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