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IntroductionHow you see yourself and how others see you may be quite different. It is hard to be objective about oneself - after all, one is being oneself and therefore there is no distance from which to view. The following Questionnaire is intended to provide this objectivity. It is based on tried and tested principles, the result of research by renowned Professor of human psychology, Hans Eysenck, and described in his popular book 'Know Your Own Personality' published first in 1972. He had a clear understanding of how introversion and extraversion, combined with the degree of emotional stability and self-determinism, determine the personality traits that result in much of an individual's behavior. A description of his theory of personality traits and the theory of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) is given on our page describing the work of Prof. Eysenck.
Eysenck, however, as a behavioral psychologist believed that personality, like intelligence, is determined to a large extent by a person's genes and is unchangeable beyond an effort to cover up negative traits through learned behavior. On the contrary, we have found that while one's genetic constitution is a significant factor (particularly affecting the balance of neurotransmitter chemicals in the brain) and environmental factors (such as upbringing, education, cultural conditioning and even the quality of nutrition) are equally significant, in practice a tremendous amount can be done by the individual to restructure their own personality and even to improve intelligence. A lot can be done to improve brain chemistry and nutritional deficiencies too! Exactly how such personal development can be achieved is described in "Transforming the Mind".
Of great significance in the development of personality is an individual's experience, both pleasurable and painful, in this lifetime, from birth onwards. Some would say pre-birth and even past-life experiences play a part. These experiences result in both positive and negative learning: the acquisition of skills and understanding, and the acquisition of fixed ideas and conditioning. This learning can be revised!
So the results of this Questionnaire should be seen as an instructive guide to your present psychological makeup and an indication of areas of your life that you may choose to transform by applying appropriate techniques of personal development.
The Questionnaire is grouped into Categories, each with a number of psychological Traits. Each Trait is presented on a separate page. Each page also provides an automatic display of the resulting scores. At the end of the questionnaire, a full Report contains an analysis of your scores. Needless to say, the validity of the analysis will depend on how candidly you filled in the Questionnaire!
As mentioned above, the basis of the questionnaire is the long-established Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, used worldwide by the psychiatric profession. The idea is to test against cultural stereotypes, that is the "norm", the way a statistical majority of people actually are in Western society. The "norm" is not necessarily an enlightened point of view, it simply represents what a typical person's responses are likely to be. It doesn't mean the normal responses are 'right' or 'correct'. High or low positions on a scale may represent neurosis if your answers represent compulsions, obsessions or inhibitions, and you may want to become more free in that area. But if they represent conscious choices in the way you play the game of life, then of course, that's fine! A person relatively free from cultural conditioning in an area of life is unlikely to be the same as the 'normal person' who tends to be riddled with such conditioning.
Normally answers are not available to the person doing the test. We have made them accessible so one can be aware of the test's shortcomings, and also hopefully in the process become more aware of one's own fixed or limited beliefs, as well as fears and neuroses - as well as how one is likely to compare to the average guy down the street.
The idea is to expose fixed and conditioned ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, not to indicate that any particular way is right or better than another. The questions can expose ways in which you are a stereotyped product of your culture, more liberated than the norm or more neurotic than the norm, or just different - the interpretation is up to you, the more honest the better!
When you have completed scoring the questionnaire and you view the Results page, there is a graphic display of your scores, linking to a personal analysis below - for example:
A picture will emerge from the high or low scoring traits and the accompanying analyses - make what you will of this picture... know yourself better, perhaps learn some lessons, decide to do something about what you find, or be happy you are the way you are.
We hope you enjoy participating in the questionnaire and that you will explore these issues further in the free online book Transforming the Mind and perhaps go on to advance your personal development with the fully supported, home study New Life Course.
You will need to register to begin the questionnaire. This enables you to stop doing the questionnaire when you run out of time, and come back to continue on another day, with all your scores recorded and in place. Also in the future you can log in again, retake the questionnaire and compare your progress in the interim.
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