IPIP-NEO/Political Compass Meme

IMPORTANT: If you came here because I emailed you about this meme, you should know that I’ve modified it. I was pretty psyched about the idea, but a friend of mine convinced me that it could backfire in its original form. Specifically:

"Originally, I was going to do the IPIP-NEO/Political Compass Meme. Ales Rarus passed it along as a fun idea. I think the originator of the meme was well-intentioned. But as I typed in my IPIP-NEO results, I became concerned. The IPIP-NEO is a psychological inventory test. I don’t know it’s validity. I’m not going to bother to look up it’s validity because whether it’s valid or not, I don’t want someone having access to ‘my’ results."

"Do I want a prospective employer Googling those results? If they’re not accurate, they could cost me a job. If they are accurate, I want that prospective employer to justify his need for them and then leave the decision to me. Putting them on the net is a bad idea, at least for me. I suspect it’s a universally bad idea."

I’m indebted to my friend for pointing this out. Rather than bag the whole thing, however, I’ve deleted my sub-section scores and only left the main section scores (I’ve left the political coordinates, though.). Perhaps the research possiblities for the meme are reduced that way, but people, including me, ought to feel safer. Without further ado, here’s the slightly modified IPIP-NEO/Political Compass Meme.

This is a cool meme that I think is worth passing on.

"The idea of a Go-meme (which I owe to Nova Spivack) is that it involves a ‘track list’ at the end of the post, rather like an extended hat-tip, with links to those who passed on the meme ‘upstream’ of you. This allows us to track the meme’s propagation through blog-space: just search google for your GUID (global unique identifier – it should be a short string that currently yields no results in a google search) to find all those who subsequently picked up the meme ‘downstream’ from you. It also provides an incentive to join the meme, so as to receive all those bonus links."

"To enhance the information value of the [IPIP-NEO personality test] data that this meme produces, I’ve added a few demographic questions, plus the two dimensions assessed by the Political Compass quiz. I think it would be especially interesting to learn if there are any correlations between particular personality traits and political or religious positions." [emphasis mine]

On a side note, If you decide to take the Political Compass quiz, please leave a comment with your score. I’d like graph the political leanings of my readers. If that turns out as well as I hope, I’ll post the results and hopefully other bloggers will inspired to do likewise. You also might wish to submit your coordinates to the Blogosphere Political Compass Project.

The Blogosphere Political Compass Project is graphing the approximate political affiliation of bloggers from all corners of the Internet. The chart below shows the relative positions of the bloggers who have responded thus far; graphing is done two-dimensionally in order to show both economic (liberal vs. conservative) and social (authoritarian vs. libertarian) leanings.

I’ve added Chris Lightfoot’s improvement upon the Political Compass quiz (on which I scored left/right: -2.568 and pragmatism/idealism: -5.2243) to the meme. If you give me a score for that test, I’ll map it as well.

OK. Enough hype.


Overview: This post is a community experiment with two broad purposes. The first is to create publicly accessible data about bloggers’ personalities, which may have sociological value in addition to being just plain fun. The second is to track the propagation of this meme through blogspace. Full details and explanation can be found on the original posting:

Instructions (to join in the experiment):

1) Take the IPIP-NEO personality test and the Political Compass quiz, if you have not done so already.

2) Copy to the clipboard that section of this post that is between the horizontal rules, and paste it into your blog editor. (Blogger users may wish to use ‘compose’ mode to preserve formatting and hyperlinks. Otherwise, be sure to add hyperlinks as necessary.)

3) Replace the answers in the "survey" section below with your own.

4) Add your blog information to the "track list", in the form: "Linked title – URL – optional GUID".

5) Any additional comments should go outside of the double lines, including the (optional) nomination of bloggers you wish to pass this experimental meme on to.

6) Post it to your blog!

7) Trackback to the post you found this on (if you know how).


Age: 28
Gender: Male
Location: Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Religion: Christian (Catholic)
Occupation: graduate student researcher
Began blogging: (dd/mm/yy): 22/11/01

Political Compass results:

Left/Right: -4.75
Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.44


Chris Lightfoot Political Survey results:

Left/Right: -2.5683
Idealism/Pragmatism: -5.2243

IPIP-NEO results:


Track List:
1. Philosophy, et cetera – pixnaps.blogspot.com – pixnaps97a2
2. Parableman – parablemania.ektopos.com – p8r8bl9m8n18
3. Rebecca Writes – everydaymusings.blogspot.com
4. Ales Rarus – alesrarus.funkydung.com – ales2112avis

Comments 12

  1. Funky Dung wrote:

    Thanks for stepping out on a limb, Powerball. 🙂

    Posted 18 Aug 2005 at 3:47 pm
  2. Powerball wrote:

    I’m sure this will come back to haunt me someday but here is my score:

    Economic Left/Right: 4.13
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.36

    Posted 18 Aug 2005 at 3:18 pm
  3. Adam Graham wrote:


    Posted 18 Aug 2005 at 6:32 am
  4. Rob wrote:


    Check your mail, please.

    Posted 18 Aug 2005 at 1:46 am
  5. dlw wrote:

    Okay, the score for myself was

    Your political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -5.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -2.87


    Posted 17 Aug 2005 at 11:24 pm
  6. howard wrote:

    Age: 33
    Gender: Male
    Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
    Religion: Christian
    Occupation: logistics/transportation
    Began blogging: 11/03

    My political compass
    Economic Left/Right: -3.50
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian:-0.31

    My Lightfoot scores

    IPIP-NEO results:

    Posted 23 Aug 2005 at 8:52 pm
  7. Funky Dung wrote:

    Thanks for contributing, Howard. To participate in the meme, though you need to post all that in an entry at TSL. I’ll add you compass coordinates to my list tonight. Once I get a decent number of responses, I’ll post the resulting graph. 🙂

    Posted 23 Aug 2005 at 9:07 pm
  8. howard wrote:

    Sorry, I haven’t gotten myself that gathered yet. I wasn’t sure if you’d want the results sooner. Rest assured, I’ll post it.

    Posted 23 Aug 2005 at 11:01 pm
  9. Fr Jim Tucker wrote:

    My compass scores were:
    Econ 3.0, Right
    Social -3.9 Libertarian

    My IPIP-NEO results are here, stripped of the numerals.

    Posted 24 Aug 2005 at 4:43 am
  10. Fed wrote:

    For what it’s worth, this is me:

    Age: 39
    Sex: Female
    Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada
    Religion: Catholic
    Occupation: Engineer

    Political Compass
    Economic Left/Right: -0.75
    Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -1.59

    Chris Lightfoot’s Political Survey
    Crime & Punishment/Internationalism: -0.8 (Centrist)
    Economics etc. -0.2 (Centrist)

    IPIP-NEO Results
    Friendliness 49 Average
    Gregariousness 20 Low
    Assertiveness 25 Low
    Activity Level 12 Low
    Excitement seeking 17 Low
    Cheerfulness 61 Average

    Trust 42 Average
    Candidness 86 High
    Altruism 52 Average
    Cooperation 99 High
    Modesty 70 High
    Sympathy 75 High

    Self-Efficacity 11 Low
    Orderliness 0 Low
    Dutifulness 88 High
    Achievement Striving 5 Low
    Self-discipline 0 Low
    Cautiousness 17 Low

    Anxiety 5 Low
    Anger 4 Low
    Depression 16 Low
    Self-Conciousness 49 Average
    Immoderation 54 Average
    Vulnerability 25 Low

    OPENNESS 53 Average
    Imagination 71 High
    Artistic Interest 6 Low
    Emotionality 36 Average
    Adventurousness 80 High
    Intellect 83 High
    Liberalism 30 Low

    Posted 25 Aug 2005 at 2:40 am
  11. Funky Dung wrote:

    Fed, thanks for contributing. You a long-time reader or just recently stumble upon us?

    GBM, any chance we’ll see your compass coordinates here soon? 😉

    Posted 25 Aug 2005 at 11:33 am
  12. howard wrote:

    What’s with the Conscientiousness scoring? I read the test explanation, which didn’t really make total sense to me, given my long-standing preconceptions of the terminology.

    It seems like more than one person (of those I might normally think of as “conscientious”) scored very low. Initially, when I scored only 24, I was a little taken back myself. Is it good or bad to conscientious?

    Posted 25 Aug 2005 at 8:29 pm

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  1. From Ales Rarus - A Rare Bird, A Strange Duck, One Funky Blog » Political Compass Redux on 03 Apr 2006 at 11:28 am

    […] A while back I asked my readers to take a political quiz and report their results. I’ve taken those results and plotted them. Bear in mind that they only represent my readers. I’m not looking to replicate a blogosphere-wide map. If you’re one of my readers and you’d like to be on this map, take the quiz and leave a comment with your coordinates. […]

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