Friday, October 3, 2014

Free Zamora Personality Test to Evaluate Individual and Social Attributes

What is the Zamora Personality Test?

Zamora Personality Test is a software program developed by Antonio Zamora. It uses ten categories of individual and ten categories of social personality attributes that will help you look inside yourself, find out how others see you, and get insights about other persons.

The test was developed by creating an inventory of characteristics that people wanted in their ideal mate from an extensive compilation of personal advertisements in newspapers. The characteristics that people wanted were judged "desirable". A list of antonyms was then developed to create a list of "undesirable" traits. Analysis of the traits yielded the division into individual and social attributes and their ten subcategories. The Zamora Personality Test uses a scoring mechanism to determine the degree of intensity of personality traits by analyzing the answers to a set of statements that explore various aspects of internal feelings and past or hypothetical behavior. The results of the test may be used to evaluate compatibility. The Zamora Personality Test is not a psychological test; it is a linguistic test that includes factors that influence relationships such as health, beauty and wealth but which are not considered as psychological personality attributes.

How does the Zamora Personality Test differ from the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test?

The MBTI test tries to classify personality using Carl Jung's Extrovert/Introvert, iNtuitive/Sensing, Feeling/Thinking psychological types plus the Judging/Perceiving attributes added by Katharine Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers. The Zamora Personality Test tries to identify ten individual and ten social personality characteristics and the degree to which they occur. The premise of the Zamora Personality Test is that the attributes desired by a large percentage of population in their mates is a social validation of those attributes and that these attributes are at least as important as traits postulated by medical models of psychology. From the MBTI profile you cannot know whether a person is a thief or a social misfit, but most people would like for their partner to be honest and socially acceptable. The Zamora Personality Test tries to provide this information.

Can the attributes from the MBTI test be mapped to the Zamora Personality Test?

Yes, to some degree. The Extrovert/Introvert attributes are best mapped to the s5) Emotional expression category of the social attributes. The iNtuitive/Sensing, Feeling/Thinking, Judging/Perceiving types correspond to internal ways of thinking and may be mapped to individual attribute categories such as i4) Intellectual factors and i10) Task performance attitudes.

How does the Zamora Personality Test work?

Each answer in the Zamora Personality Test corresponds to an attribute that is classified as positive or negative for the individual attributes and sociable or dangerous for the social attributes. Each response increments the score for its corresponding attribute and decrements the score of the antonyms of the attribute. Thus, a reply implying honesty in one question is nullified by another reply that implies dishonesty. The results of the Zamora Personality Test represent the net result after resolving inconsistencies, but they may be inconclusive when many conflicting answers are given.

The test makes it possible to create a personality profile for yourself based on your own assessment of your feelings and beliefs, or for another person by completing the test based on the other person's past behavior and social interactions.

Zamora Personality Test includes an introduction to personality analysis that describes personality compatibility criteria and how personality attributes may affect social interactions.

Zamora Personality Test is a personality test with two testing modes. The first test will help you to evaluate you as individual, and the second one is aimed to test your characteristics in relation to the other people. Both tests display many statements (163 and 171 in total, respectively) with three possible answers for you to select if you strongly agree with the shown statement, moderately agree, or disagree.

It is possible to stop and save the test progress at any time, and open it later. After you finish, you can easily view and print the results.

The individual test informs us about our achievement attitude, maturity, emotional temperament, energy level, philosophical/physical/material/intellectual/risk/task performance attitudes. The social test tells you about your egocentricity, dependability, fairness, emotional expressions, leadership, control attitude, physical appearance, team attitude, and how you face the social rules. In conclusion you will know if you can be considered as a social person, or you are better left alone.

There is a comprehensive guide that explains the characteristics of each attribute. This program is distributed free of charge with no adware of any kind. There is also a version that lets you take the test online without downloading.

Test for Individual Attributes

Individual Attributes characterize your moods, feelings, and behavior in isolation from other people.
i1) Achievement attitudes - degree of motivation toward goals.
i2) Emotional temperament - emotions that rule our lives.
i3) Energy level - the degree of effort that we use in our daily life.
i4) Intellectual factors - characteristics of our minds.
i5) Material attitudes - how we regard our environment.
i6) Maturity - our level of experience and wisdom.
i7) Philosophical attitudes - our preferred ways of thinking.
i8) Physical attributes - how we regard our body.
i9) Risk attitudes - degree of concern for oneself.
i10) Task performance attitudes - approaches toward problem solving.

i1. Achievement attitudes. How motivated are you to reach your goal? Are you indifferent or are you obsessive? Sometimes personal goals do not become evident until age 25 or 30. Once you decide to have a family, further your professional career, or establish a business, you have a different degree of motivation than before you made this decision. Whereas you may have been indifferent before, your new perspective of life motivates to reach your goals. Or, if you have already achieved some of your goals, it may be more important to relax and enjoy life. In this case, your zest for accomplishment may diminish.

Ambitious and moderate people are often incompatible because they have different perceptions of what is important. The ambitious person feels that he cannot waste time on trivial things, and the moderate individual will be more contemplative and not make as much effort to achieve goals. A persistent person matched with a moderate or easy-going person will tend to nag. Nobody likes to hear "Why don't you do this? Why don't you do that?" over and over again.

i2. Emotional temperament. How patient are you? Do you get restless when you have to wait? How do you react to frustration? Does your temper explode when your car is not delivered on time from the auto shop or do you try to look for alternatives calmly? Your emotional temperament is a measure of the degree and duration of your outbursts of frustration and of your ability to remain calm under pressure. If you are irascible, you are likely to do and say things that will ruin a relationship. Many relationships end with the phrase "If that is what you think, then it is over!". Relationships endure better when the reaction to an unpleasant surprise is more logical and less emotional. However, an extreme disappointment or an unfortunate accident can cause great emotional grief that cannot be controlled. Two angry and impatient people are more likely to get into a fight than an angry and a patient person. A habitually angry person and a calm person cannot have a very good relationship even if the calm person tries to adapt to the angry person.

i3. Energy level. Do you like physical activities and sports, or would you rather sit down in a theater? Do you like to spend an hour at the gym or is it enough for you to walk around the block? Your energy level determines the rhythm of your life. Some people get up early and have already done many things before breakfast while others would rather stay in bed and sleep late. Human dynamos and slow, passive people can only frustrate each other. The energetic individual needs to be active to be happy. The slow individual will be miserable and exhausted with an active life style. Can such opposites manage to make good partners? Yes, but only if they do things separately. This can be completely unacceptable to a person with great libido because it demands mutual participation. Partners with similar levels of energy can have more satisfying relationships.

i4. Intellectual factors. Intelligent gentleman seeks dumb blonde for a serious relationship. Not very likely! Successful relationships require similar levels of intellect. When we have a personal problem, we need someone who can understand us. A dull-witted person may be very kind and loving, but this may not be enough for an alert, intelligent person. Intelligent persons understand each other better. Persons with lower intellect will feel more at ease with a person of their own caliber; they will not feel dumb or intimidated.

If you are of average intelligence, you should not be looking for a genius. You will end up in second place. Your decisions will always be subjected to analysis by a greater intellect that will make you feel inferior. Relationships between people with different intellectual levels generally end up like a parent/child relationship.

i5. Material attitudes. Are you economical or extravagant? Do you prefer to save for the future or would you rather spend what you have now? Do material possessions matter to you, or are you more interested in spiritual pursuits? Many relationships fail because of conflicts about money and possessions. "You make twice as much money as I do, why do we have to split the expenses half and half?", "I am the wife and you are supposed to support me.", "Why do you give so much money to your mother when I don't have anything to wear?"

Financial advisors and marriage counselors suggest that you discuss financial matters and obligations before you get married. The average marriage in the United States lasts an average of 7 years (it is not "till death do us part"). Your plans should include a prenuptial agreement that describes what each will take in case of a divorce. This is particularly important for second marriages when there are substantial assets or children from previous marriages. You should also agree on how to handle expenses when both people work, when one loses a job, or when the woman becomes pregnant and cannot work. You also need to discuss about savings goals, life insurance, wills, and revocable trusts. Agree on how previous debts will be handled. Marriage makes you legally responsible for your partner's debts. Are you uncomfortable talking about divorce and finances before getting married? You don't need to do it, but be prepared for unpleasant surprises.

i6. Maturity. Maturity is a personality attribute that describes good judgement. Do you do something without thinking about the consequences? Are your actions well thought out and premeditated? Maturity cannot be equated to education, but education provides maturity. Maturity is the ability to judge whether something is safe or dangerous, good or evil, or prudent or foolish. It is said that wise people learn from the mistakes of others, whereas fools learn from their own mistakes.

Can two people of different maturity levels have a successful relationship? As stated earlier, the relationship may work if the mature person has the patience to teach the inexperienced person and the inexperienced person is willing and able to learn. These are typical teacher/student relationships. The inexperienced person may initially feel inferior to the mature person, but as long as the level of intelligence is compatible, the relationships may be successful. In the long term, these relationships have the risk of failing when the inexperienced person matures and demands an equal relationship with the partner. At this point the person who had previously been superior may resent the change of status.

i7. Philosophical attitudes. Are you optimistic or pessimistic? Is the glass half full or half empty? Do you think that we are animals that have evolved on the earth as an accident of nature, or do you think that man was put on earth by a Divine Creator? Are you willing to consider changing your point of view? To what degree are you willing to fight to defend your point of view? Why do you think that you are right? The philosophical attitude of our personality develops from our education and our internal conception of how the world works. A positive philosophical attitude gives you hope when life is hard, whereas a negative attitude may even lead you to suicide.

How likely is it that two people with different philosophical attitudes are compatible? The chances are very small. Most relationships between people of different religions reach a crisis when it is time to educate their children. "Should we raise the children as Jews, Muslims, Christians, etc.?", "Should the children go with me to church with me and to the mosque with you?", "Will you change your religion for me? If you love me enough you will convert to my religion." So many people have been killed in the name of religion over the centuries that it is very evident that successful relationships cannot exist between people of different creeds. Even if your partner supports you, his or her family may object to your beliefs. You will not be a whole family.

As partners, optimists and pessimists face similar problems, but the tensions surface in different ways. An optimist may feel that he has a new business opportunity that will be financially rewarding, whereas a pessimist is sure that the investment money will be wasted without any results. In the end, they will fight about money. Successful relationships require similar philosophical attitudes.

i8. Physical attributes The physical attributes of your personality are a combination of your age and your physical fitness. Some people at age 50 are ready for the grave, whereas some in their 80's may be getting ready for a party. You are as young as you feel. Can an older person have a successful relationship with a younger person? The answer is yes, unless the age difference is very great. The average life expectancy in the United States is 84. If there are no health problems, age is not a deterrent to a good relationship. If you are thinking of raising a family, it is better that you and your partner are both young. This will give you time to raise the children and put them through school until they are independent.

When one of the persons is healthy and the other one is sick, the healthy person has to understand the level of effort that will be needed to take care of the sick person. This is not an obligation that should be taken lightly and it can stress the relationship. If a person has a mental illness, it is seldom possible to have successful relationship. The sane partner will always have doubts about whether offensive behavior or actions from the other person are intentional or a result of the illness.

i9. Risk attitudes. Hundreds of automobile accidents happen every day. You are taking a risk when you drive to work. You need to pay for your house and your food, so you take the risk every day. You do this not because you lack maturity, but because for you it is a necessity. You try to minimize your risk of injury by using seat belts and driving carefully. You are a cautious person. What about the person who goes mountain climbing or diving for the weekend? Is he or she more adventurous or daring? How about the hang glider or amateur pilot?

The level of risk of an activity can be assessed by asking your life insurance agent how much the insurance will cost for a diver, a pilot, etc. The death rates associated with each activity are a real measure of the risk. If you do something knowing that it is dangerous, you are a risk taker. If you know that the casino always makes a profit and you gamble anyway, you are a risk taker. If you smoke, drink alcohol excessively, or take drugs, you are a risk taker even if you think that you will not be harmed by your actions. The statistics are not in your favor.

Can two people with different risk attitudes have a successful relationship? Not always. People who are cautious do not like the stress of taking risks, whereas the risk-takers find it boring to do something less exciting.

i10. Task performance. Task performance describes the accuracy and organization with which we solve problems. Methodical people organize and schedule their work to know which things will be done when. Disorganized people do not have systematic ways of approaching problems and may not be able to solve some problems. Error-prone and disorganized people do not have much in common with accurate, methodical people. Relationships between these individuals are subject to stress because the disorganized person cannot meet the expectations of the methodical person. Disorganized persons are not neat and this is irritating to methodical persons. It is possible for a disorganized person to become more organized, but this requires great effort and changing established habits.

Test for Social Attributes

Social Attributes characterize your behavior and interactions with other people.
s1) Aggressiveness - measure of camaraderie between people.
s2) Control attitudes - mechanisms by which we influence others.
s3) Dependability - factors that affect trust in others.
s4) Egocentrism - selfishness and selfish attitudes.
s5) Emotional expression - ways of expressing inner feelings toward others.
s6) Fairness - how we judge others.
s7) Leadership attributes - features that make us stand out in a group.
s8) Physical appearance - how we view ourselves physically.
s9) Regard for Rules - obedience for the laws of society.
s10) Team Spirit - attitudes toward working with people.

s1. Aggressiveness. People interact using words and actions. The range of interaction ranges from friendliness and thoughtfulness through tactlessness and impoliteness. The aggressiveness attribute reflects our typical behavior within this broad range of interactions. If we are typically friendly and courteous, our aggressiveness attribute will be in the "sociable" column. If we are typically impolite and tactless, our aggressiveness attribute will be in the "dangerous" column.

People who are frequently tactless and aggressive do not make good partners for anybody.

s2. Control attitudes. How do you get other people to do what you want? You can try to convince them or you can force them. Control attitudes may range from gentle persuasion to downright physical domination or psychological brainwashing. The "dangerous" column includes behaviors that can cause physical or mental harm. Bullying, intimidation, blackmail, and physical abuse are examples of these dangerous behaviors. Deceit is sometimes used to control some else without resorting to physical violence. Most confidence games use deceit to take advantage of greed or innocence. No stable relationships can be built without mutual respect and agreement.

s3. Dependability. Dependability is the foundation of all relationships. If someone is not honest, truthful, or reliable why do you need them? Once you discover a lie, how can you ever trust again? If someone is not there when you need them, why would you want to be with that person? Dependability does not have a gradual range like other attributes. You either lie or tell the truth, you are either unreliable or dependable. There is no such thing as a "little lie" or "sometimes unreliable". Trust is like a piece of fine china. Once you break it, no amount of glue can restore it to its original condition. People tend to lie about things with which they are uncomfortable.

Concealment is a form of lie, although many people consider that not volunteering information that they are not asked is not lying. If a wife meets a lover in the sofa, she can say that she did not go to bed with anybody. That is a true statement, but far from truthful. A successful relationship requires complete honesty.

s4. Egocentrism. Selfishness and generosity are the two extremes of egocentrism. A person who is modest, forgiving, and willing to sacrifice for others is sociable. Greedy, resentful, and arrogant persons are dangerous for a relationship; they only think about themselves. Egocentric persons are seldom generous or kind to others and cannot have good relationships. A good relationship requires both partners to be generous so that their needs can be satisfied without causing either one to feel that they sacrifice too much or that they put more effort into the relationship than their partner.

s5. Emotional expression. Good communication is essential for a good relationship. When persons do not talk enough, it is not possible to know what they are thinking. We are limited to reading their body language. What do their actions suggest? Unfortunately, reading body language is prone to error. We may think that a person is giving us romantic glances, and we could be mistaken. Even when a person talks, how do we know that they are telling the truth? "I love you very much." Oh, really? Their actions need to be consistent with their words.

In the range of emotional expression, there are introverts who cannot express what they feel verbally and whose feelings must be deduced from their actions, and there are extroverts who are communicative, but whose words have to be scrutinized for truth. This is the dilemma that has to be solved to understand another person. Introverts and extroverts can make good couples, as long as the extrovert does not force the introvert into social situations that are uncomfortable. Two introverts can also make a good couple, although at times the relationship may suffer from lack of communication. Two extroverts can also have a good relationship as long as their need for interaction with other people does not take them too far away from each other.

s6. Fairness. Can you make objective judgments or do you make decisions based on what will benefit your interests? Can you understand someone else's point of view or is your opinion all that matters? We develop in a cultural background that establishes our opinions and way of thinking. As we expand our horizons, we meet different people and different cultures that we may not fully understand. An impartial person should be able to see the goodness in people who are different and tolerate their culture without trying to change them.

A good relationship requires shared values. A racist cannot have a good relationship with a liberal person. A tolerant person perceives a biased person as being narrow minded. They cannot have a good relationship. Racial biases, religious intolerance, and other ethnic prejudices may be overcome over time by foreign travel, learning a new language, and exposure to cosmopolitan cultural activities. In establishing a new relationship, you should not hope to be able to change a person's prejudices.

s7. Leadership. How do you interact in a group? Are you an initiator and leader, or do you wait for someone else to make the first move? Sometimes insecure people are afraid to make the first move because it may prove embarrassing. Those who take the initiative may do it more out of impulse than out of careful consideration. It takes a combination of confidence and knowledge to consistently be a leader. Leaders may also have to assume responsibility for the actions of those whom they influence.
Successful relationships may be established between leaders and followers. Two followers may flounder during crucial decisions, and two leaders may disagree on the course to be taken. This is one personality attribute where characteristics from different columns may be better for a relationship.

s8. Physical appearance. We cannot change our physical framework very easily. It is not easy to lose weight or build shapely muscles, but it is now possible to routinely change unsightly noses and crooked teeth with cosmetic surgery and orthodontics. We can modify our appearance with corsets, cosmetics, and fine clothing to improve our self-image and our confidence. However, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and all our efforts may not change the way in which others perceive us.

The characteristic "ugly" is listed in the "dangerous" column because a person cannot have a successful relationship with someone that he or she considers ugly. The grass will always be greener on the other side of the fence. There will always be regrets and temptations. The person who thinks that his or her partner is ugly will not commit fully to the relationship and the ugly partner will sense this and become dejected, jealous, or resentful.

Untidiness, beyond being unsightly, may promote infectious diseases that can cause physical harm. A successful relationship requires both persons to be satisfied with the way each other looks, smells, and dresses.

s9. Regard for Rules. Under dependability (s3) we discussed the personal concept of right and wrong. "Regard for rules" is the degree to which we obey the rules of society. The laws of a society are made to safeguard the rights of the citizens. Obeying the rules is not a matter of personal judgment, it is a civil obligation.

An ethical, law-abiding person cannot have a successful relationship with one who scoffs at rules and regulations. When least expected, the law-abiding person may be accused of complicity in embezzlement, or a more serious crime.

s10. Team Spirit. Team spirit is a measure of how we fit in society. Do we feel isolated or are we active members of our community? Can a person be patriotic and cosmopolitan? In these days of massive immigration, loyalties are often questioned and tested. Successful relationships can only be forged when both partners share positive social values. A social misfit in the dangerous column could end up becoming a terrorist or mass murderer.

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