An Odd and Unnerving Personality Test

Kind of an eerie and accurate personality test.  This is from Very Short List.

At first glance, the Pierley/Redford personality test seems too vague to tell you anything accurate or interesting about your actual personality: “Which of these circles is angry?” it asks (and provides two abstract and gauzy illustrations). Or “Which position is diseased?”

But the pictures are pretty, and weirdly disturbing, and so you find yourself clicking through all 20 questions. When you’re done, you get a short, specific thumbnail sketch of your personality type. That’s where the real fun begins: What did those questions mean, and add up to? And how did they get so far under your skin? You can take the test multiple times, clicking quickly and intuitively, or slowing way down to puzzle out the “correct” answers. Either way, you’ll end up wondering: Is it a pretty parlor trick? Or a real window into your deeper, darker self?

Take it here.  Don’t think too much.  It’ll Freak.  You.  Out.

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  1. Don Rogers
    Apr 13, 2011

    Fascinating! Very, very interesting.

  2. Jen N.
    Apr 13, 2011

    That was fun!

    • Elissa
      Apr 13, 2011

      A little too close to home, no? 🙂

  3. Sara
    Apr 14, 2011

    Strange. Fun. You are right, though, you can’t start reading too much into it. Thanks for sharing!

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