In this first part I thought I'd explain the questions, how I came up with them, and show some of the general results. Just want to throw out a disclaimer to start with that this survey was just for fun and is not representative of any kind of personality assessment!
The first few questions were just to get an idea of the demographic (age, gender) and the genres you like to read. That in itself was interesting, because the response was not at all even across genres. For the favourite genre, the response looked like this:
The top favourite genre was realistic/contemporary (about 27%), followed closely by paranormal and then traditional fantasy. The "miscellaneous", by the way, just refers to when the person selected "other" and wrote in a different genre. But the second favourite genre pie chart looked totally different:
The genre of sci-fi/dystopian was extremely popular (31%) as a second favourite genre, the only other ones coming close being urban fantasy and paranormal. Totally would not have predicted that!
Then I asked,
Next question was:
With this one I was trying to get at social comparison a bit (if you want to know all about the theory, here is the Social Comparison Theory article on Wikipedia). However, a huge amount of people (80%) responded with, "You empathize with and feel close to." I wasn't expecting many people to choose the last option but I was surprised that there weren't more who preferred characters they "admire and attempt to emulate."
Then came the questions I based on the Myers-Briggs personality theory. (For an explanation of the official Myers-Briggs personality type questionnaire, go to this Wikipedia article).
I was getting at the introverted/extroverted axis with this one. As Wikipedia states (yes, I love to use Wikipedia), "extraverts recharge and get their energy from spending time with people, while introverts recharge and get their energy from spending time alone." This is rather different from the popular misconception that introversion/extroversion has to do with whether or not you are "shy" or "socially awkward" or other misused terms.
I'm not too surprised I got more extroverts than introverts responding, since of course the sample will be biased in terms of what types of people are likely to answer online surveys.
I loosely based the next 3 questions on part of the OCEAN personality theory, also known as the "Big Five." OCEAN is an acronym which stands for "openness to experience," "conscientiousness," "extroversion," "agreeableness" and "neuroticism."
This one was representing the "openness to experience" part, and once again it was split quite evenly between the two responses.
And finally, as a kind of fun question, I threw in:
- More of a people person?
- More of an animal person?
Wasn't too surprised that this one was just about dead even!
Anyway, so those are the overall results for the survey responses. I'll be doing another post later looking specifically at genre combinations and their relationship to certain personality traits (but if I had tried to put it all in one blog post, it would have gone on forever and I'm sure I've made you hungry for pie now as it is.)
So, any results here you might not have expected? Did you learn something about personality psychology? :P
If you'd like, you can still add your data to the Is Personality Related to Genre? survey. Oh, and if you haven't yet taken my Can I Predict Your Personality from Your Genre Preference? quiz yet (based on my preliminary survey results), go ahead and see how accurate it is!