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Psychologists Use Social Networking Behavior to Predict Personality Type – Technology Review

One of the foundations of modern psychology is that human personality can be described in terms of five different forms of behavior. These are:

1. Agreeableness–being helpful, cooperative and sympathetic towards others

2. Conscientiousness–being disciplined, organized and achievement-oriented

3. Extraversion–having a higher degree of sociability, assertiveness and talkativeness

4. Neuroticism–the degree of emotional stability, impulse control and anxiety

5. Openness–having a strong intellectual curiosity and a preference for novelty and variety

Psychologists have spent much time and many years developing tests that can classify people according to these criteria.

Today, Shuotian Bai at the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and a couple of buddies say they have developed an online version of the test that can determine an individual’s personality traits from their behavior on a social network such as Facebook or Renren, an increasingly popular Chinese competitor.

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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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