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Please fill these Research Study Surveys!

Hello, so my friend and I are collecting data for our psychology research dissertations and would really (and I mean REALLY) appreciate it if you could take some time to fill out our surveys!

My study is on the preferences and personality traits of those who watch Game of Thrones (those who have watched all 5 seasons without skipping any episodes) and the link to my survey is below. Anyone across the world can fill it!


My friend is studying viewers of Indian youth shows like the ones on Channel V and the link to her survey is given below:


Thanks for your time!

p.s Please forward our links to other people who might be interested! Thanks.

What your personality has to do with blogging

Ever wonder why some people are so drawn to cyberspace by maintaining a blog while others don’t understand the appeal of it? While social media is considered the one-size-fits-all corner of the internet, blogging, on the other hand, has become a dedicated art and crafted by very interesting individuals. Blogs have even been utilised in the education system, engaging students with various assignments. As you can imagine, there are a great host of reasons as to why people blog. Whether you started a blog for cathartic, self reflections or to demonstrate to the world that you have something to show them, research has found that your personality has a say in your blogging habits.

The NEO Personality Inventory developed by Costa and McCrae measures five basic personality traits known as the ‘The Big Five personality factors’ i.e. neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness and studies have linked these five personality factors with blogging.

According to a study conducted by Guadagno, Okdie and Eno (2013), those who are high in openness to new experience as well as in neuroticism are more likely to become bloggers. This makes sense as those who are high in openness are characterised as imaginative, artistically talented and possess a wide range of interests. Blogs can be a convenient and simple outlet for their self expression. Those who rank high in neuroticism may, however, blog for different reasons. Characterised by feelings of anxiety, tension and nervousness, they could be blogging to branch out and form social connections with fellow bloggers in order to combat feelings of loneliness.

Also, in the case of the relationship between neuroticism and blogging it was found that gender is a moderating factor for women, with those higher in neuroticism more likely to blog than women lower in this personality factor yet for men there was no difference in this regard. This highlights the gender differences in personality and its impact on this form of online behaviour.

Gill, Nowson and Oberlander (2009) found that bloggers who are highly extraverted tend to use their blogs to engage directly with readers, just as they would with people in real life, as well as document their lives. They vent both negative and positive emotions. However, highly agreeable individuals focus on expressing positive emotions while highly neurotic bloggers mostly dwell on negative ones. Highly open bloggers blog about leisure activities while highly conscientious bloggers tend to report more on their daily life and work.

Not only do your personality factors predict the maintenance and content of your blog, they also play a role in how much you enjoy blogging. Agreeableness and extraversion have been positively associated with levels of perceived enjoyment in blogging while conscientiousness has a negative impact on the very same. Factors like neuroticism and openness to experience proved to be insignificant (Wang, Lin & Lian, 2010).

So, it looks like your personality manifests and transforms your blogging space to tailor its needs and mirror itself instead of morphing into an unknown person to display an online facade. Fascinating, isn’t it?

If you’re interested in reading the full studies, check them out here:

Investigating the Individual Difference Antecedents of Perceived Enjoyment in the Acceptance of Blogging

What are they blogging about?Personality, Topic and Motivation in Blogs

Who Blogs? Personality Predictors of Blogging

Personality Type

So I found these quizzes and decided to pass the time by taking them and here are the results. They clash quite a bit, one saying I’m a people person, the other saying I’m not but then again, it’s not like they’re all reliable. Go ahead and try them for fun though!

Zodiac Sign: Aries | Taurus | Gemini | Cancer | Leo | Virgo | Libra | Scorpio |Sagittarius | Capricorn | Aquarius | Pisces |


Four Temperaments: Sanguine | Melancholic | Choleric | Phlegmatic

Celtic Zodiac: Birch (The Achiever) | Rowan (The Thinker) | Ash (The Enchanter) | Alder (The Trailblazer) | Willow (The Observer) | Hawthorne (The Illusionist) | Oak (The Stabilizer) | Holly (The Ruler) | Hazel (The Knower) | Vine (The Equalizer) | Ivy (The Survivor) | Reed (The Inquisitor) |Elder (The Seeker) |

Soul Type (one test): Hunter | Caregiver | Creator | Thinker | Helper | Educator | Performer |Leader | Spiritualist |

Hogwarts House: Gryffindor | Hufflepuff | Ravenclaw | Slytherin |

Dark Triad: Psychopathy | Machiavellianism | Narcissism |

The Animal in You: Lion | Tiger | Dolphin | Bear | Wild Cat | Fox | Weasel | Badger | Dog | Otter | Wolf | Sea Lion | Wild Dog | Walrus | Gorilla | Deer | Rhinoceros | Hippo | Sable | Horse | Sheep | Mountain Goat | Warthog | Zebra | Baboon | Elephant | Bison | Giraffe | Cottontail | Mole | Bat | Porcupine | Beaver | Prairie Dog | Shrew | Mouse | Eagle | Rooster |Owl | Swan | Peacock | Vulture | Penguin | Crocodile | Snake |

Life Path Number: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 11 | 22 |

Rosenberg Self Esteem Scale: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | 20 | 21 | 22 | 23 | 24 | 25 | 26 | 27 | 28 | 29 | 30 |

Brain Lateralization Test: Left | Right | Middle (Tie)

6 Ways Music Influences You

In John Dryden’s ode to music Alexander’s Feast, Alexander the Great returns to his kingdom after defeating his enemy King Darius and at the celebration feast his bard, Timotheus sings his praises and in the end inspires the victor to burn down his Persian palace. How? Well that’s just the power of music.

Now here are 6 ways music influences YOU:

  1. It  influences your shopping tendencies. According to a few employees, supermarkets tend to play music slower than a human heart beat so that customers linger around for more time and this causes them to buy more items than they initially wanted to. It’s advised that you go shopping listening to your own music with the help of headphones and preferably up beat fast-paced music so that you buy what you want and leave.
  2. It influences your emotions and mood. Obviously listening to happy music makes you happy which has been effectively proved whenever Meredith and Christina on Grey’s Anatomy dance away their problems. But negative music can also help those coping with a major loss like the death of a loved one or the end of a relationship  while frustrated people tend to listen to angry music.
  3. It influences your health. Did you know that certain types of music can boost your immunity? It can also reduce blood pressure and intensity of head aches. Patients in hospitals find music therapy to be incredibly effective in their recovery because it provides them with a distraction, gives them a sense of control and music can possibly result in the production of endorphins (feel-good hormones).
  4. It influences your performance. Ever been so mind-numbingly bored by a task that you put it off till the last minute? Try finishing bit by bit by listening to music as you do. Listening to up beat music not only quickens your grocery shopping but also speeds up your performance in disinterested activities by fighting fatigue. Athletes also listen to motivating tunes to get in the zone and helps improve their physical performance.
  5. It influences your personality. Psychologists say that your music preferences say a lot about who you are and they are definitely onto something when they say your playlists are more revealing than you think.If you love those Top 40 hits, chances are that you are an extroverted and honest person. If indie is more your style, then you’re likely to be introverted and creative. Rock and roll lovers are surprisingly more gentle than  expected.
  6. It influences your learning.  if your parents ever tell you to switch off your iPod and get started on your work, then remind them that listening to music can enhance intelligence and learning. it certainly helped when I worked on my trigonometry and no wonder, since it particularly helps in learning math.

So don’t ever think that listening to music is a waste of time because it’s actually symphonic catharsis!

From Introverts With Love

My psychology classmates in college were asked to define introversion as a part of an interactive activity and it did not surprise me when they all grossly mistook it for being antisocial and awkward. Answers ranged from “They don’t have any social skills.” to “They know themselves well.” and only the latter was an accurate description. While I was not surprised, I was a little angry about it, because I’m an introvert myself (no surprise there huh?).

Let’s get something straight right here and right now:










So these supposed proverbs for introverts are just perpetuating misconceptions about introverts:

I’ve always been disappointed with the way the world praises extroverts for being just the way they are but continually push introverts to be something they are not. It’s not a terrible thing to be introverted although there certainly is an unjustly negative connotation surrounding the concept. Yet, we don’t want to change to suit the world around us. We don’t have to.

If you want an accurate picture of who introverts really are then click on this Psychology Today article: 9 Signs You’re Really an Introvert.

Hopefully this should clarify things but alas for the most part…