How Psychotoons’ Personality Test Helps You
Most personality tests only test positive human traits. Some are diagnostic. Psychotoons’ Personality test gives you a way to assess yourself and others related to the strengths and weaknesses of four areas of functioning: perception, fear or love, beliefs about others, and patience or activity. The levels very from high functioning to devious functioning.
It is a deceptively simple test that relies on your own judgement, as all tests do. It is simple but powerful because it is modeled after the process that counselors use to asses your strengths, weaknesses, and overall functioning that help them decide your needs and what needs to change for the better.
The test not only will help you assess yourself and others but assess groups of people and how they can begin to better function as a team for better or for worse. Sounds ridiculously simple. The test is, it helps you see things in a workable way, no mysterious formulas. The process of changing yourself or others is much more complicated as there is a lot of knowledge and tricks of the trade in helping others. So Psychotoons has lots of cartoonish pictures to help explain solutions using the same model as the test to make it easier to learn and follow.
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How Psychotoons’ Personality Test Is Put Together
It consists of four short tests based on the four stages or steps our brains go through over and over. We first perceive the world, then we have an emotional reaction such as fear or love to what we see, then we look at our beliefs and plan what to do, and lastly we act on our plan. Nothing turns out exactly as we planned so the four steps are repeated like a feedback cycle, each time tweaking the four steps as they are influenced by each other, until we are satisfied with our results or we turn to another task.
That is our Upper Nature. We also have a Lower Nature that goes from deceptive perceptions, self-centeredness, blaming, and aggression. The Lower Nature usually can exert its effect at all stages and usually takes over when we are overly fearful or sense we are in danger.
There is a Biological Personality test to see your innate strengths of Perception and how it relates to the other three steps. Then there is a Family Personality test to see your learned strengths from childhood and how that relates to the other three steps. Next is a Cognitive Personality test to see your thinking style and again how it relates to the other three steps. Lastly is a Situational Personality and how it relates to the other steps. The results are easily combined to give you an Overall Personality picture.
I have used animal figures to represent the concepts in the steps to make it easier to remember, I call them widgets, one or two, for each step, Upper Nature and Lower Nature. This is the key to the widgets.
Perception is divided between Ant, detail, and Bee, patterns. Emotions are divided between Macho fear and loving Cuddles. Geru is a wise bird and see’s the bigger picture to think about and plan. Action is dichotomized between patient Turtle and energetic Rabbit. The Lower Nature is deceptive perception by Spiedie, Raccoon represents self-centeredness or greed, Crow is the blaming bird who does not see the good in others, and Coyote is the bully.
If I depict the widgets on boxes in the order of step one through step four and also include not just the Upper Nature but the Lower Nature it would look like this. This is also a representation of the most average normal person we can imagine. They do not have any dominant traits. Keep this in mind as you read, personalities are created by the traits or steps being of different strengths for different people. This is not a precise rocket science but theories to play with or, if good enough, to work with. I am sure the fans of any theory will have a lot to say, or nay saying, as I proceed to talk about their master pieces. We all have our opinions and love to expound them. So feel free to leave comments.
How The Test Is Alike Or Different From Other Personalty Tests
As stated earlier the Psychotoons’ Personality test is based on the models that counselors use to assess you. I have used concepts from the Minnesota Multiphase Personality Inventory, MMPI. The MMPI is the most researched and sophisticated Personality Test and diagnostic tool that is very protected. I will not go over it as it is to complex for this post.
The Psychotoons’ Personality Test is a lot like other Personality Tests because it covers the theories they use. The three I will go over is the Holland Interest Test based on Holland’s personality theory, The Big Five Personality Test, and the Briggs Myers Personality Test. They are somewhat based on Carl Jung’s theories and although not real complex they tend to be simple enough to be popular and can be quit fun to play with.
However, they are not as useful for diagnostic purposes or give you any clues on how to improve yourself. They only look at your strengths and not weaknesses. They make interesting statements but do not provide a way of changing.
Remember, personality theories are just that, theories and can be very subjective and culturally bound. So as you go over the different tests and my interpretation of them you can disagree and see the strengths of different widgets differently. Proceed and you will know what I meant by that statement.
HOLLAND’S PERSONALITY THEORY
One personality test or concept I have liked since the 60’s is the Holland Interest Inventory based on Holland’s personality theory. He see’s people falling somewhere within six categories, more or less, discussed below. The pictures show you how they relate to Psychotoons’ Test.
Realistic people that like to work with animals, tools, or machines. They generally avoid social activities like teaching, healing, and informing others. They may have good skills in working with tools, mechanical or electrical drawings, machines, or plants and animals.They may values practical things you can see, touch, and use.
The widget I increased the most is Energetic Rabbit, but also Bee’s Patterns, and Geru’s logic for the overall view. I lowered emotional widgets a bit, fearful Macho and Loving Cuddles, but that may vary among people. So stage or steps one, three, and four are raised, four, energy, being the main one.
These people may like to study and solve math or science problems and are
good at understanding them. They may see themselves as intellectual.
I raised Bee’s patterns, Geru’s cause and effect logic, and Tutle’s patience as that is needed to sit still longer to puzzle over these. The Doer has more energy to the outside world the thinker to the inside. Step three is the main step.
Artistic people tend to be creative and like activities like art, drama, crafts, dance, music, or creative writing and generally avoids highly ordered or repetitive activities.
I raised the widgets Ant, for details, Bee, for patterns, and Geru, for the bigger picture as creators look the overall systems of what they are looking at. You may say, but all three of these categories are so similar. Well, mechanics, thinkers, and creators are a lot alike. The media they use is different, physical versus thoughts versus sensual representation. Subtle differences in the other widgets, training, and environments often decide which media to use. Step one is the main step.
These people like to help people, such teaching, nursing, counseling, or giving first aid, and providing information. They tend to avoid using machines, tools, or animals to achieve a goal.
I have raised mainly the loving Cuddles widget, the love of people. I also raised detailed Ant, more so Bee’s patterns, and Geru’s overall logic, in this case it is the logic of people more than things, concepts, and graphics. I also lowered fear as paranoia interfere with working with others. Step two is the main step.
These people like to lead or persuade people, sell things and ideas such as politics or business.
I raised energetic Rabbit as it takes energy. I also raised Geru’s overall logic as persuaders have to understand overall dynamics to manipulate. I did not raise empathetic Cuddles as love may or may not be involved. Perhaps I should of increased deception but not all persuaders are for the bad.
People with this bend like to work with numbers, records. They like to do things in an orderly way such as written records and numbers. They see self as orderly, and good at following a set plan.
I raised mainly Bee’s patterns. Ant’s detail is also very necessary. It also takes a lot of patience to do organizing tasks.
If you are wondering how these different categories differentiate between people’s myriad of interests, well, most personality or interest tests give a slew of examples of interests, or traits, for each category so if you go down the lists you are bound to find your distinguishing traits or interests.
THE BIG FIVE
In this scheme each of the five personality factors represent a range between two extremes. Most people lie somewhere in between the two polar ends of each dimension. This test is a bit more involved then the last.
extraversion can be seen as being excitable, sociable talkative, assertive and emotionally expressive. People who are low in extraversion (or introverted) tend to be more reserved.
I raised energetic Rabbit. An extrovert may not be loving but the theory throws in sociable. So I raised loving Cuddles a little.
In this theory introverts are less sociable and not very outwardly energetic so I would just reverse the elevated widgets down to less then normal. But the deciding factor of this category is step four.
These people are seen to possess a higher degree of trust, altruism, kindness, and affection. Those low in this trait tend to be more competitive and manipulative.
I have raised the loving Cuddles widget and lowered the fearful or paranoid Macho cat. You could also lower the strength of aggressive Coyote. I just left them at normal. The deciding step is step two.
I raised the detailed Ant a bit and energetic Rabbit. We could also raise Geru’s overall picture of things. The deciding factor is the lowering of Raccoon, the self-centered bugger.
Neuroticism is getting into Personality Disorders, mildly so but not enough to tell us how to change the widgets. So I just put them in disarray. I did raise anxious Macho cat and lower the logic of wise Geru.
These people tend to have a good imagination, good insight, and with a broad range of interests. They may tend to be more adventurous and creative. People low in this trait are traditional and may struggle with abstract thinking. The main step is step three.
This trait is a mess. I raised the perceptive Ant and Bee, and raised Geru who seeks out dynamics. There is not enough detail to say if other traits are different, I guess one could lower the strengths of the Lower Nature of Spiedie, Raccoon, Crow, and Coyote but then can’t a criminal be open to new ideas, better heists?
BRIGGS AND MYERS PERSONALITY TEST
Briggs and Myers are a bit more involved and interesting. Based on Carl Jung’s theories is a plus. Jung was Freud’s contemporary and competitive theorist. He could be considered the father of genetic psychology. The first six categories are pretty much his but the elegant simplicity of it renders itself to be used by Briggs and Myers.
The last two were added by Briggs and Myers. For two none psychologist people to put together a personality test of such popularity says a lot for Jung’s theory but also the addiction of two more categories adds a bit more depth to the concept of personality. Lets look at the categories, Jung’s first.
Attitudes are either extraverted or introverted. An extrovert’s focus is directed outward toward people and objects, whereas the introvert’s is directed inward toward concepts and ideas. Extraverted are action-oriented, so I raised energetic Rabbit. I lowered wise Geru a bit and strengthened aggressive Rabbit. Some people may agree or not. But the main thing about Extrovert is every, outward energy, step number four.
Introverted are thought-oriented. Thoughts may be very energetic so I raised wise Geru. I also raised patient Turtle to give time to process all those thoughts. An introvert may be loving and sociable or not. My introverted grandmother was very loving so I raised empathetic Cuddles. Jung put forth the idea that as young people we are more Extroverted but become more Introverted as we grow older and wiser.
Jung identified two pairs of psychological functions.
There are two perceiving functions, Sensation and Intuition, and
two judging functions, Thinking and Feeling. One of these is more dominant than the other three, but all four functions are used at different times. These functions are very close to the first three stages of the brain as you will see.
Functions are either sensing/intuition and thinking/feeling.
Sensing and intuition are information gathering or perceiving functions.
People who prefer Sensing are more likely to trust information that is concrete or understood by the five senses. I have raised Ant and Bee, details and patterns. The other widgets changing are arbitrary. I lowered the emotions as sensations can distract one from emotions not related to perceiving. The main step is step one.
Those who prefer Intuition tend to trust information that is less dependent upon the senses, seeking a wider context or patterns. The meaning is in the underlying theory and principles.
I have raised wise Geru as thinking is less sensual dependent. But I also raised Bee patterns.
Thinking and feeling are decision-making or judging functions and based on the data received from sensing or intuition.
Those who prefer Thinking tend to decide from a more detached standpoint and measure the decision by what seems reasonable, logical, causal, consistent, and matching a given set of rules.
I could have raised Ant, detail, and Bee, patterns, but I only raised Geru this time because of the emphases on causal and consistent. The main step is step three.
Those who prefer Feeling tend to empathize in a given situation by weighing the situation to achieve a consensus that considers the needs of the people involved.
I raised up loving Cuddles as these people empathize with others. I made fearful Macho cat strong because caring people worry about others, fear they may be hurting and need more help. The main step is step two.
I could of raised wise Geru as caring people often see the bigger picture about people, but they may not.
According to Jung, people use all four cognitive functions. The dominant function is supported by the next dominant but to a lesser degree, and then by the next, and by the last and least. The fourth, the least function, is always the opposite of the dominant function.
Each function is used in either an extraverted or introverted way. A person whose dominant function is extraverted uses the other functions differently from someone whose dominant function is introverted. But I will not get into that.
Jung’s categories cover most all of the four steps of Psychotoons’ Personality Theory, Perception, Loving Emotions, Thinking, and Energy or action. It does not cover Fear, Patience, nor the Lower Nature of deception, self-centeredness, blaming, or aggression.
JUDGING OR PERCEPTIVE
As I mentioned earlier Briggs and Myers added two more categories. I may be all wrong but I see them more as a conglomerate or combination of widgets rather than single categories, traits, or functions.
The lifestyle preferences are either Judging or Perceptive. Myers and Briggs added this dimension to Jung’s model. People have a preference for using either the judging function (thinking or feeling) or their perceiving function (sensing or intuition) when relating to the outside world (extraversion).
The reason I like the style is it adds to the functions what we could say is more learned or soft wiring than genetics or hard wiring. For the Judging I raised up fearful Macho, Energetic Rabit, and strengthened blaming Crow.
Perceiving is a bit more then Sensing above so I not only raised up detailed Ant and patterning Bee but also wise Geru. This combination is more dynamic and can be learned with the right education.
I am not going to go into the sixteen different personality types as it would be too time consuming. I feel there are as many personality types as there are people. What Psychotoons’s Personality Test and Theory is to help you see the main steps and how changing the strength of the steps can lead to different processing, different biases, and different outcomes on others.
If we look at the model of normalcy above and note that the steps are all balanced, none are dominant, we could say balance helps the widgets work together quickly and efficiently without bias. This can give you more power over your actions and reactions so you can adjust to situations better. Real dynamos have balance but their Upper Nature widgets are stronger or taller than the average person.
Assessing your own widgets and those of another can help you understand the affect your widgets have on others widgets. This gives you more ability to impact others in a productive way by helping their widgets gain or give up power that may be hurting them. It can also help you put together teams of people with widgets that compliment each other.