Psychology post

visualDNA – Have you taken the test lately?

How well do you know yourself?

Update 2020
All the links to visualDNA below were either broken, or the pages fail to load properly. The site appears to have changed hands too, and while it still offers tests, I note that the © is 2020, make of it what you will. for this reason, and the fact the pages fail to load properly and and you to white list them, I am no longer adding a link to them.

visualDNA Personality test

Did you try their Personality test? If so, are you a ‘culture vulture’ like me? Are you a trendsetter? A lifestylist? Are you business savvy or perhaps a tech guru? Or perhaps one of the many others like a dreamer or bright spark?

Visualdna personality test - Culture vulture

{ Visualdna personality test – Culture vulture }

Perhaps you took their other personality test and fall into one of the four categories here?

The Energizer is inquisitive
{ The Energizer is inquisitive }
The seeker loves a challenge
{ The seeker loves a challenge }
The harmonizer is natures pragmatist
{ The harmonizer is natures pragmatist }
The striver is a real team-player
{ The striver is a real team-player }

The quizzes offer you a selection of questions and photographs, asking whether are you a spender or a saver, would you rather walk in the park or read a book, which of these destinations would be your ideal holiday break.

VisualDNA personality test - conversation question
{ VisualDNA personality test – conversation question }

It does go on from there to breakdown your results into life, love, energy, money and so forth.

VisualDNA - All about you
{ VisualDNA – All about you }

Hardly scientific but I did a rough and ready count of these on Pinterest and after totting up a few hundred my eyes started to water. They average out like this:

  • Energizer 23%
  • Seeker 56%
  • Harmonizer 16%
  • or Striver at just 5%

The interesting question is not simply how accurate my sample is, but that of the nature of the people sharing their results, regardless of number. Is it simply that some people, like the majority of ‘seekers’ (like me) are more likely to take the test? Maybe one group is far more likely to share than another, skewing the results. It’s common sense that people that are far more interested in a pint in the pub with their mates, arguing over a wrestling bout or rugby result are far less likely to be sat at home taking these type of tests, much less sharing them with their beer-swilling buddies on Facebook and Twitter, eh. Just a thought, anyway.

The third and perhaps deepest searching one they offer(ed) is/was: ‘Who Am I’, which give a comprehensive report that others would charge a fair fee for.

Visualdna Who am I profile
{ Visualdna: Who am I profile }

Do it, or Ditch it. (or not!)

If you enjoyed these, you might also like to take another free evaluation I’d recommend. Offered via Bev James, you (could have) sign(ed) up and do a Bev James*, which offered your a DISC profile. It gives an interesting 3 page report, similar to the one below. If you stump up £20 they’ll send you the rest of it in a separate 17 page report. It’s OK, but really you’d get better value buying her book ‘Do it or Ditch it’ but if I started getting into books we’ll be here forever!

*(The site is still live, and the book is still on Amazon, but the profiling is gone, so I’ve removed the links to this too.)

DISC profile - precisionist
{ DISC profile: precisionist }

Right, unless you are particularly curious, professionally or otherwise, you can actually stop reading now, if you want, as the rest of this long page is taken up with the results of my own tests. If nothing else a glance over then will give you an insight into the level of detail you can expect from the VisualDNA tests.

You’re a Culture Vulture

Sophisticated and inquisitive you have a real passion for art and culture. You pride yourself on being in the know when it comes to the latest music and films and you always like to have a good book on the go. You believe in immersing yourself in interesting experiences that make you look at people, places and opportunities from new angles. Being sensitive and creative you want to feel connected to the world around you and actively seek out opportunities to explore it. It’s all about broadening your horizons and living life to the full. Anything else would not fulfil your curious nature.

People often comment on your refined nature and sense of calm. You love to entertain and be entertained and this shines through in your bright, intelligent conversation. You have a traditionalist heart which is sometimes reflected in your tastes and style.

Asking about the latest book you’ve got on the go is probably the best way to get you talking. You like to lose yourself in another world or lifetime, as each page is turned you become more involved with the plot and characters and increasingly enjoy the sensation of fuelling your imagination and knowledge.

When it comes to travel, you love to get as far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life as possible. Being the culturally adventurous person you are, the kind of holiday you crave is one that’s well off the beaten track and combines the sights and sounds of the exotic with something historical to really get your mind racing.

To sum it up in a few words, you love the mystery of life. You are not someone who only sees the humdrum of human existence – you like to marvel at the wonders of nature and universe.

Not spot on as my interesting in music and films is not as fervent as it depicts, but in many ways that is a close description of me. I always have a couple of books on the go, my tastes and interests are eclectic and given the choose between a sun lounger or visiting an excavated copper mine I’d be reaching for a hard hat every time.

You’re a Seeker

You’d rather have a good read than a riot. You might be the wrong side of cool – but let’s be honest, you never really qualified anyway.
You’re open to new things, and can be persuaded to try anything twice, all in the name of experience of course. We’ve got you down as a bit of a dreamer, you’re probably zoning out right now, PAY ATTENTION, and read on.

It’s all about you
You are the master of indifference and possess the power of delay. It’s clear from the foggy expression that you are completely unclear. So which way now?

You want a healthy relationship to form the cornerstone of your life. And you are prepared to put more work in; we can picture you penning sonnets, rolling truffles, and strumming tuneless love songs.

Find an outlet for all that pent-up creativity. If that means running bare foot howling at the wind, then that’s cool, but also welcome a bit of structure into your life. Word to the wise: you’ve got good ideas, find your voice, but always take advice.

Nothing beats fresh air – except maybe water. But they are both essentials. You can’t be cooped up for long; you thrive off wide-open space. You answer the call of the wild with a primal scream; else a wander up a hill with a flask will do the trick.

If you want a job doing, maybe ask someone else? You are so close to being a reliable grown-up, so it’s time to pull your socks up, or stockings. I mean, whatever you are into.

Seemingly you have the ability of a dolphin but the attention span of a newt. If this were a school report, we’d be saying, ‘must try harder’.

When you think a problem through and see a solution you can get frustrated when no one else sees it too (baring your gums gives it away). But unless they are mind readers you are going to have to learn to pipe up shy boots.

An average day can pass without you even attempting to try hard, if you ¦ you know ¦ really try hard to not try hard. Now, we could tell you to re-imagine your long-term goals (do you have them?), understand the wider impact of your decisions (did you make any?), but as your eyes are rolling back in your head as you read this dressing down, gonna stop and save the breath.

Life is not non-stop excitement – and if it were, your heart wouldn’t take it. Learn to love the ordinary and embrace the mundane, doesn’t sound too enthralling I know. Handing out tough love today.

Blessed with the gift of good sleep, you slip out of bed and start your day refreshed; yeah well, if only the rest of the day was so freaking easy sleeping beauty.

Downtime? A show off in the kitchen, you can shred, mince and so on with the best of them; but what about the cooking?

You manage life in a way so you can gracefully glide through while others climb the highs and hurtle towards the lows. You subscribe to having a healthy body and healthy mind so you make careful considerations on your lifestyle – you probably aren’t lining up the jaeger-bombs and chuffing through a 20-pack – but who knows? You try not to be judgemental (much) either. So if you are what you eat then you consist of mung beans, tahini and a measure of agave syrup to sweeten you up. Sounds yummy, urgh.

Let’s talk love. You get up together, cook together, work out together, shop together, breathe together, and laugh together. We get it. You are in love.

So a clandestine glance might work for some – but you need to feel physical affection.

Look down: your heart is, of course, there on your sleeve, plain to see. Maybe deep down there is a little part of you that actually believes in love at first sight – the optimism is cute. You trust your instincts and try to love without caution. As you stare into your lover’s eyes, you will try to guess what the other is thinking, probably ‘blink first’.

Not one to mess with convention, you’re looking to put down roots in one place. Your nesting instinct could see you slowly hoard possessions to the point where a documentary crew will move in, but before the intervention enjoy your full and happy home.

Bookish or maybe a tad square, depending on how to look at it: you ain’t no philistine, that’s for sure!

It costs good money to be this smart, and investing in intelligence is money worth spending.

You can’t put a price on experience. You take the road less travelled, but when you return home you bang on about it so much it feels like we’ve all been there with you, it’s charming, really.

If you are not immersing yourself in literary criticism, getting lost in a concerto, or drinking in the latest work by some deeply challenging young artist (that probably defies logic or even ability) you are what? Probably surfing gossip news on the net – come on, we’re right?!

Seems like your nose is never far from a book: a pulp fiction, or a Mills and Boon – you’ve studied the great works of our time. And if you haven’t then you just watch the DVD.

Your hobbies are your reward for working hard the rest of the time. They absolutely shouldn’t be boring. If you find that you don’t want to play football or grow vegetables any more than stop doing it and try something else.

Don’t make excuses; opportunities are made not handed to you. OK… this is not strictly true, but with no blue blood you need to deal with the real world.

Don’t make excuses; there is no lack of like-minded peeps to share your passion. You know about the Internet (you’re on it now) – people are out there like you, tapping away behind their laptop screens – meet them.

It’s no wonder you’re craving thrills from time to time, like it or lump it your regular life can be a bit of a snoozefest.

That, however, was not only mind-blowingly accurate, it was also could have been written by me, the style, grammar and prose matching my own quirks and rhetoric.

Another they offer is ‘Who Am I’. As I’m not in a hurry to get to the pub personally, I took the test and have shared my own results below:

Openness (49%)
Your low level of openness suggests that you draw your strength from tradition and familiarity. You are down to earth and prefer clear, straightforward direction to abstract or theoretical thinking.

Conscientiousness (33%)
You like to act immediately on impulse, which can be both effective and fun. But if taken to the extreme this can produce undesirable long-term consequences for yourself and others.

Extraversion (39%)
Your low-level of extraversion suggests you are likely to be more reserved than other people, enjoy time alone and value maintaining strong relationships with a few close friends.

Agreeableness (68%)
You value getting along with others, so are considerate, friendly, and willing to compromise your interests for the benefit of the group around you. As a result, you tend to be very popular.

Neuroticism (57%)
You are emotionally reactive and prone to react intensely to events with feelings that linger for some time. This can affect your ability to think clearly or cope with change and stress

Realists like to think they see things the way they really are. But it’s important to remember that everyone sees the world differently. You might tend to keep a level head, and don’t excite easily, but this can leave you susceptible to bouts of gloominess. If you feel yourself moving towards a negative emotional extreme, try looking to other people for fresh perspectives.

Thoughtful people have a very giving and sympathetic character and are genuinely interested in and concerned about others. However, they can sometimes lack the persistence to follow through with their positive intentions. Luckily, you’re very adept at inspiring good feelings and actions in others who can help carry you along too.

You may feel a bit conflicted when you’ve been wronged. On the one hand it can affect you deeply to the point of feeling victimized, but on the other you can be scared of saying something about it for fear of upsetting other people. The result is that your anger might be directed inwards, which is very unhealthy. You can’t always be the nice guy.

Direct people can find it hard to resist their urges and impulses. In fact, when they really want something it’s hard for them to keep their desire in check. If you find it all too easy to sacrifice your long-term goals for instant gratification or wake up with a major headache the next morning, this might be an aspect of your life that would benefit from a bit more concentration.

You’re very content in your own world, or in the company of a select few other people. People who share this characteristic enjoy simple pleasures in life and are more likely to look for excitement and adventure in their own heads than by heading out into the wilderness for thrills.

People with this characteristic tend to be modest and self-effacing – sometimes in the extreme. They enjoy their privacy and their own company but are also sympathetic to the needs of others. In fact, sometimes they can be too trusting of people, which can lead to them being taken advantage of. If you recognise this trait in yourself, it’s important to have someone you’re sure you can trust looking out for you.

Laid back
Laidback people don’t worry too much about big plans and goals. They’re much more likely to keep a fairly clean slate so they’re able to respond to those sudden important jobs that always seem to crop up. You might sometimes lack the motivation to take charge or avoid coming up with new ideas, but you know deep down that putting in the effort will benefit you in the long run.

People with traditional attitudes rely on their values and beliefs to steer them through life’s problems. This means they have deep and strong connections to family and heritage, and have faith in all that has gone before. As a result they tend not to question the order of things as much as they could. You think things are a certain way for a reason, and you’re happy with that.

Drifters tend not to be particularly interested in academic or intellectual challenges and need a clear idea of incentive, outcome and reward to keep them focused on a task they’re not naturally inclined towards. If this sounds like you sometimes, you could perhaps benefit from some help organising and keeping track of your work.

Headstrong people might seem like they’re bulletproof, but deep down they can actually be quite risk-averse. As a result, rather than confront difficult situations or worries for fear of what might happen, they might prefer to bury their heads in the sand. This may work in the short term, but you know that problems don’t always disappear just by being ignored.

Again, this was remarkably accurate on all points.

addenda 2020:
Interestingly, over the years, my ‘Big 5’ scores (using better tests) showed I had dramatically altered as I withdrew more and more into myself. While my openness and conscientiousness improved, my agreeableness dropped, while my extraversion plummeted to 1% (extreme introverted), and similarly my neuroticism scores increased massively (i.e. even more stressed, moody, and depressed).

If you got this far, you are clearly either a glutton for punishment – or seeking self-knowledge and enlightenment. Rather depends how you view the glass. Assuming you are indeed up for more, bouncing off their website I ended up on the Institute for Health and Human Potential and another free personality quiz, this time analysing my Emotional Quotient.


You have slightly above average EQ – with room to grow! You are likely sensitive to the emotional climate of the people around you – your peers, friends, family and key clients. You are well aware of the effect your behaviour has on others. Still, while you may be adept at tuning into others and their needs – you must remember your own! Don’t be afraid to honestly communicate these difficult needs and feelings. The world is well stocked with martyrs – it doesn’t need any more!

Think also about your passion for work (or whatever constitutes your main roles in life – manager of people, doer of tasks, ‘meeter’ of clients’ needs, etc). We spend countless hours in our given roles – sometimes without much joy or satisfaction. In the process, we become tranquilised by the trivial. Sedated by the small details of life. Sure, the laundry needs doing, the groceries need getting, the kids need chauffeuring, the deadlines must be knocked off, but we also need to stop and remember what gives us great joy and meaning. If we fail to remind ourselves (on a regular basis), we risk becoming hostile and cynical. We lose our purpose. And this translates to a diminished ability to be effective, at ease and fulfilled.

Areas to work on:
Ask yourself: – What situations generally create tension and stress for you?
How are you handling these situations?
What negative thoughts play over and over in your mind on a regular basis?
Are these a true picture of reality?
Are you afraid to share your needs and feelings with others?
Is it because you are taking care of everyone else – being a martyr – or acting ‘the strong, silent type’?
What 3 things give you the greatest meaning in your life?

If you work on gaining clarity in these areas, you will move toward maximizing your full potential and finding greater effectiveness, happiness, and fulfilment in your life. As William James said: I have no doubt whatever that most people live, whether physically, intellectually, or morally, in a very restricted circle of their potential being. They make use of a very small portion of their possible consciousness… much like a man who, out of his whole body organism, should get into the habit of using and moving only his little finger… We all have reservoirs of life to draw upon, of which we do not dream.

Verywellmind is a good starting point if you want to know more about OCEAN or “Big 5” personality traits and tests.

Feature image by Markus Winkler from Pixabay

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