What T-shirt Are You? The Science Behind the Personality Quiz

Based on Holland’s personality quiz, Printsome present the ‘What T-shirt Are You?’ quiz. Find out the style of t-shirt that best suits your personality

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Editor note: Wondering what t-shirt style you would personify if transformed into one is probably not high on your list of things to do today but now that you have found it, if you don’t take the quiz you will always be wondering. This personality quiz is based on the Holland personality test and the 6 types of personality that it defines. Take the test and then read below to find out exactly what it means.

The Science behind the Personality Quiz

Back in the 1600’s they would tie a heavy rock to people’s legs and throw them into a deep lake or river in order to prove or disprove that they were a witch. If the unfortunate floated then it meant he or she was a witch and if they sank, they were not. Either way the poor bastard died because nobody was jumping to the rescue.

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Luckily personality tests have evolved and nowadays we have much more sophisticated (and safer) tools, like quizzes such as ‘Which Disney Princess are you?’ I’m Pocahontas by the way (I always thought of myself more as a Belle, but whatever. WHAT DO THEY KNOW?).

Kidding aside, our complex personalities have fascinated us for a long time. Way before Carl Jung wondered why we act the way we do, Aristotle and Plato were already classifying their peers into kinds of temperaments.

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Personality tests as we know them today, were created during the 1920’s as a way to make the process of hiring easier – big corporations are behind everything, apparently. One of the most popular ones, the MBTI, or Myers Briggs test, was created by two Jung enthusiasts in order to help women, who had never had a job in their lives, enter the workforce during World War II. Today, the personality test industry is worth around $400 million.

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When assigned with the duty to create questions for a type of printed t-shirt/personality quiz I immediately thought of the MBTI, but after doing some research, I quickly realized that a 16 results test would’ve been a programming and writing nightmare so that’s when I came across the ‘Holland Codes’. The test was developed by American psychologist John L. Holland during the 50’s as a way to help people choose a profession. I chose to use his career theory test as it proved to be much easier to adapt because, with a little brainstorming, each one of the 6 results could be represented through a style of t-shirt.

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According to Holland, the six types are as follow:

Realistic or Doers (Sporty t-shirt)

These are people who are practical, stable and like manual labour. Doers enjoy working with tools and in the open air. They perceive the world through their senses meaning they feel more comfortable with what they can see and touch rather than with abstract ideas or theories.

Investigative or Thinkers (Geeky)

Unlike the Doers, Thinkers feel more at ease with the world of ideas, research and possibilities. These are the scientists, philosophers and writers of the world. As they tend to be introspective, they prefer to be alone. Teamwork is not necessary for them and might sometimes even be a hindrance.

Artistic or Creators (Graphic)

As the name suggests, Creators are most likely to find success using their imagination and creativity. Typical jobs for them are: designer, decorator, painter, and sculptor. Artistic types tend to be sensitive, authentic and nonconformist. The world would be a lot less fun without them.

Social or Helpers (Message)

If you’re a Helper then you most likely work in close proximity with other people. Many tend to think that they are extroverted beings who enjoy being surrounded by close ones all the time, but this is not necessarily true. Social types can be very introverted and have a handful of friends. What truly defines them is the genuine and deep interest for the well being of other people. Thanks to their empathetic abilities they are well suited for careers like nursing, teaching and counseling.

Enterprising or Persuaders (Logo)

Persuaders are the politicians, CEO’s and entrepreneurs of our society. They are ambitions and always have on their mind the path of how to reach their goal. Being leaders by nature, enterprising types are able to manage teams and are good at spotting the talent in others.

Conventional or Organizers (This is the “plain” t-shirt)

Conventional types have an inborn talent for keeping tabs on things. They are the fact checkers, the accountants and the cashiers of the team. The office would be a messier place without them. Organizers might be interested in careers in the financial, mathematical or administrative fields.

Note: There is no such thing as a “better” or “worse” type. All types are necessary for the community and have their strengths and weaknesses. Also significant is the fact that even John L. Holland admitted that classifying people into only six categories is way too simplistic. Human beings are far more complicated than that; personalities are composed of way too many variables. This is only meant as a guide.

If you’ve never wondered or investigated about your personality type, I invite you to plunge into this fascinating branch of psychology. It might not turn your world upside down, but it might lead you to have some “Eureka!” moments and help understand why you make certain decisions or prefer doing certain activities rather than others. For example did you know that extraversion and introversion have got very little to do with shyness and a lot more to do with how you spend and recharge your energy?

To take the REAL Holland Code quiz you, click here.

And to take the MBTI test, click here. This one is far more complex and rewarding, in my humble opinion.

Printsome is an online t-shirt printing UK agency providing customised clothing for all types of personalities across the UK

 

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Harald Meyer-Delius the author
Harald Meyer-Delius

Harald’s passion for books took him to Barcelona to do a masters in editorial design – he’s not left since. An ideas man, his specialties include illustration and creative writing. He’s at home with words and images. Google+WebsiteView all entries by this author


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