Thursday, December 22, 2005

Personal personalized personality reading!

Greetings, reader! As a special treat, I have carefully prepared a personality reading especially for you:

You have a need for other people to like and admire you, and yet you tend to be critical of yourself. While you have some personality weaknesses you are generally able to compensate for them. You have considerable unused capacity that you have not turned to your advantage. Disciplined and self-controlled on the outside, you tend to be worrisome and insecure on the inside. At times you have serious doubts as to whether you have made the right decision or done the right thing. You prefer a certain amount of change and variety and become dissatisfied when hemmed in by restrictions and limitations. You also pride yourself as an independent thinker; and do not accept others' statements without satisfactory proof. But you have found it unwise to be too frank in revealing yourself to others. At times you are extroverted, affable, and sociable, while at other times you are introverted, wary, and reserved. Some of your aspirations tend to be rather unrealistic.

Psychologist Bertram R. Forer gave a personality test to his students, ignored their answers, and gave each student the above evaluation. On average, they judged it to be 84% accurate. This same trick/test has been performed many times over the years and the percentage is always the same. The "Forer effect" provides some insight as to why so many people believe so strongly, in the face of overwhelming evidence, in pseudosciences like astrology, biorhythms, graphology, etc.: there is a craving in many people to make sense out of their lives which can make them very susceptible to hearing what they want to hear and believing what they want to believe.