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Personals - What The Personality Test Is For

Date Added: September 26, 2011 05:48:38 PM
Author: Mick
Category: Personals: Christian
 

Dating and Personals sites frequently offer you various personality quizzes when you sign up. These quizzes are based upon different theories of personality. Some, such as CatholicMatch's Four Temperaments test, rely upon ideas originating way, way back: in fact, it's from ancient writings of Hippocrates (around 400 B.C.) and Galen (131-200 A.D.). The Four Temperaments refer to the 4 bodily "humors," or fluids, that those two ancient men believed were mainly responsible for personality. There are multiple current theories that still use this basis, or a slightly different turn on it, such as Ayurvedic Medicine, which is based upon the concept of 3 bodily humors.

The thought that our personalities correspond with our biology is present in most comprehensive personality theory, and so the dating sites reflect this. eHarmony, for example, includes questions that test your visual perception. If they could they would probably test your other senses, as well. It makes sense: We react to physical things according to how we perceive them. If a large boulder is directly in front of us, we step to the side to walk around it. If we can't see it clearly -- maybe if there's fog in the way -- we might instead approach it directly with our hands held out, so we can discover exactly where it is.

And of course more complicated scenarios mean more subtle differences in our actions. The far most complicated scenarios are those involving personal interaction.

However, perhaps the most important purpose that personality tests on dating sites serve is to group people according to what they themselves think is desirable behavior. If you believe it's important to be warm, welcoming and open to others, for example, the questions you answer will help reveal this, and sort you into the group that also thinks those qualities important. When your matches are chosen largely from this group, you may find yourself among people you'll be more comfortable with.

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But if a personals and dating site doesn't allow you to also browse through profiles of people who aren't in your match group, you could be missing out on romance with another person who interests you simply because he or she is different. Whether you believe adages like "Opposites Attract" or not, the big sorting process that personality tests do is imperfect. It takes you and your judgement to find your mate, not merely the help of a computer-run or computer-chosen profile.

If you are not having success finding romance -- or just a suitable date -- on one personals site, try another. Especially if you think personality tests have skewed your results.

 

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