This topic was current when I first joined here but I don’t remember being interested then. Like @jammycakes in his posts, my response then would have been dismissive and so uninterested. I also found @Christy’s comments interesting now and I may read some more of this eventually but I would also like to see if there is any current interest in discussing this ir any of the other popular personality trait measures, especially as they pertain to religion.
I took this test online yesterday and am still looking into what it may mean to me. But then, in a weird coincidence, I got an email from another reader of Iain McGilchrist who is also part of a weekly online Zoom where we discuss his writings in light of a number of interesting topics. In it he attached a number of sources including this one:
McGilchrist makes a passing reference to the Big Five in the last section of the last appendix, subtitled “Religious belief and the health of individuals and societies”. He wrote:
“The religious or spiritual are markedly better at dealing with adversity [and] enjoy much greater well-being… being religious or spiritual has a protective effect against depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicide. It is correlated strongly with personality traits of conscientiousness, agreeableness, extraversion and openness to experience, and is inversely correlated with psychoticism and neuroticism. …In their examination of the role of religion and spirituality in the lives of American teenagers, Smith and Denton write: ‘the differences between more religious and less religious teenagers in the United States are actually significant and consistent across every outcome measure examined: risk behaviours, quality of family and adult relationships, moral reasoning and behaviour, community participation, media consumption, sexual activity, and emotional well-being’.”
Thought that might be of interest for some here but I’d also like to know what insights others may have gained into this or similar tests.