I found this interesting website while surfing the net. It analyses your writing and provides an assessment of your personality.
It measure 3 or 7 main aspects of your character. What they call the Big 5, your Needs, and your Values.
So I submitted blog posts from two of my blogs (Geylang Girl – where I blog as a little 3-month old girl; and PLAG – where I embarrass my wife… and daughter.)
These were the results.
|Geylang Girl “Worst.Day.Ever.”||PLAG “Z’s BF”|
Artistic interests 1%
Artistic interests 60%
|Conscientiousness 7%Achievement striving 10%
|Conscientiousness 3%Achievement striving 3%
Activity level 94%
Activity level 5%
|Agreeableness 99%Altruism 37%
|Agreeableness 100%Altruism 83%
|Emotional range 98%Fiery 97%
Prone to worry 93%
Susceptible to stress 99%
|Emotional range 86% Fiery 92%
Prone to worry 96%
Susceptible to stress 96%
Openness to change 13%
Openness to change 2%
(Apologies if the table is a little misaligned. Can’t seem to get it to format properly.)
The website is based on the theory that language use reflects personality. The system uses Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) “to find psychologically meaningful word categories from word usage in writings”.
I think this means that if you use the word “use”, it says something about your personality as oppose to using the word “utilise”. Using one word instead of the other could mean that you are more direct or have strong opinions, or is more active and so on.
Or it could mean just that you don’t know the word “utilise”. Which may say something else.
What I think though, is that you should be quite fluent in English (it only works with English) to get a decent reading on your personality. It is supposed to be more accurate with a larger sample of writing (3000 words or more), but the current beta system works with 100 words.
However, the analysis also depends on the purpose of the writing. The samples above from my two personal blogs indicate that I am an idiot (Intellect 5% and 3%).
I was of course insulted by this and submitted writing from my work. My intellect rose to 100%. I should show this to my boss to prove that I am using my brain at work, and deserve every cent of my salary.
But I also wanted to know if I wrote differently in Geylang Girl and in PLAG2Gether. And based on two blog posts, it would seem so. My extraversion score on PLAG was almost twice that of GG.
GG valued Self-enhancement more than PLAG, while PLAG valued self-transcendence more.
And there are other differences.
So the model isn’t a personality assessment as much as a writing assessment. If you write from a personal perspective, your emotional range presumably should score high (like the two blog articles), however if you are writing more professionally, your writing should probably reflect less emotion, and perhaps more intellect, assertiveness, structure, conscientiousness, etc.
Not an endorsement of this model, but I think it might be useful as a way of knowing your writing style.