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What are your saboteurs?

jess profile image Jess Lee (she/her) ・1 min read

I recently took this saboteur assessment:

@peter and @ben both agree my results are spot on πŸ˜…

It takes about 2 minutes to complete the assessment if you want to give it a go ;)

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Ben Sinclair

My biggest flaw is that I look at things like this:

A signup form with no labels and extremely poor contrast for placeholder text

and want to buy a plane ticket, fly over to meet whoever designed that form and give them a strong talking-to, about contrast, labels and the necessity of forcing people to sign up for something at the end of a multiple-question process.

I got my results anyway:

A graph of personality-test results, showing "Hyper Rational" as the dominant trait and "Hyper-achiever" as the least significant.

I think this is about as useful as Myers-Briggs, or any other self-defined test. That is to say, it's basically a, "what kind of Pokemon are you?" test.

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Andrew Brown πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦

I already anticipated such an issue but I know you can

I've built 3 platforms with Psychometric testing with academics and this one would not come close to meeting their standard for accuracy but it's a fun endeavour.

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Stephanie Handsteiner

I had the same thought on the form. I didn't even get mine (yet), I checked the spam folder obviously, nothing, also no typos (auto-fill, huh).

The other thing in short: Barnum effect

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Frederik πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»βž‘οΈπŸŒ Creemers

For me, Avoider is the biggest one of all, and it's the one I'm trying to work on. It's the one that has hindered me at my job and in school the most, and has damaged many relationships with others.

I get into a cycle where I procrastinate or neglect something, and think the other person might be angry or disappointed. Instead of bringing it up with them, I avoid their reaction, making the problem worse.

I'm slowly learning to deal with this by intercepting this cycle as early as possible. People are willing to cut you more slack than you think when you're open and honest with them.

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Victoria Crawford

Tori's saboteur results: Stickler is a 10. Hyper-Vigilant is a 9.4. Pleaser is a 8.1. Victim is a 6.9. Hyper-Achiever is a 4.4. Controller is a 3.8. Hyper-Rational is a 3.1. Restless is a 2.5. Avoider is a 2.5.

I really like the description pages for the saboteur's.

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Davide de Paolis

First four with same score of over 8 were Hyper-Rational Stickler Restless and Controller.
Definitely some Barnum Effect, but still fun. ( and i must say pretty accurate)

Pretty happy of having scored 0 and 1 as Pleaser and Avoider :-)

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Vincent Grovestine • Edited

Saboteur assessment results

Fine for a bit of fun, but hard to compare results person to person. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the scoring method takes into account mostly positive, mostly negative or mostly neutral answers--some folks' results appear to be skewed to one end or the other, as opposed to a useful spread.

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Gabi • Edited

This is my result:

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Glenn Carremans

Does this mean that I am "balanced" πŸ˜…


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