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Offbeat (Unconventionality)

High scoring Offbeat testimonials
Low scoring Offbeat testimonials
Highest scoring Offbeat traits

I asked high scorers for some insight into their orientation, here are their answers:

Pertaining to my Offbeat score, I believe my score is related to a strong desire to not fit into the mold of the average adult human being that I am accustomed to. The general lack of thought, curiosity, or interest in anything other than whats directly in front of our faces is not something I want to be associated with. I feel like the negatives from narcissist apply to me, excepting that I have a strong moral compass, and strong ethics. M-22 O-88 T-88 I-33 V-22

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In my case being unconventional is somewhat paradoxical because what I see in society is a sort of ready discard of intellectual and religious tradition without a respect for their value. The conventional to me reflects a ready and unthinking acceptance of things like immorality without really valuing what was there. I think too many people are too ready to change and I've rebelled against that by really becoming focused on tradition but at the same time am annoyed by people who would be my allies that are too dismissive of the whole picture. I think convention often represents ignorance. M-77 O-100 T-66 I-0 V-66

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From a personal standpoint, scoring highly on the unconventionality reward drive has less to do with "discarding" customs or traditions that have "value," and more to do with simply living by your own from the start because you never shared the same value system as that which is currently accepted. M-44 O-100 T-94 I-5 V-38

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Unconventional or imaginative thought and actions. I tend to reject the norm and go after something which I believe has more value.

Pros: Adaptability, a willingness to be open minded, independent thought

I wouldn't say that "discarding customs/traditions that have value" is completely accurate. I discard them because I have found something to which I proscribe more value. And that does not necessarily mean that I reject the value people place on their own customs and traditions.

Possible cons might be frustration with people who believe in things which have been proven wrong. For example, pseudoscience versus actual, fact-driven science. M-16 O-100 T-72 I-11 V-33

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Rules and hypocrisy always make me sick. Pretending to be someone or do something you are not is sickening. M-77 O-83 T-77 I-66 V-44

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I have always been an unconventional person. I am intellectually gifted, left-handed, learning disabled, and also a lesbian. I was aware at a very early age that I was different than most of my peers.

As I got older I realized that traditions are quite changeable, across time and place, and to me they seemed to be quite arbitrary.

I dislike that tradition is often used as an excuse to discriminate against people.

I believe that some traditions do have value, such as celebrations, and a least some degree of etiquette, however some of these traditions simply perpetuate harm, or have little use in the modern world. M-38 O-100 T-77 I-22 V-38

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I think I scored highest on unconventionality because I set a lot of store in being unique. I value individuality and would rather stand out for being different than fit in for being the same M-38 O-83 T-16 I-27 V-61

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I believe that I scored highest on the Offbeat reward drive because being unique helps me realize that I am my own person. Knowing that helps me do things I want to do rather than things other people expect me to do. Also, it helps me love myself for being myself and not wanting to change for other people.

pros- individuality, feeling secue with myself, knowing I am my own person.

cons- sometimes I overlook suggestions from other people without even taking them into consideration,I don't like traditional and the way I express that may be insulting to some people. M-38 O-72 T-33 I-55 V-61

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I am like this partly due to my ADHD. I also love to learn new things and like to put what I just learned into application. I want to be able to see the results of my actions. I am also in a family of entrepreneurs. Business comes naturally to me. I agree with the con listed for my profile (ignoring the value of some customs and traditions which have value) - this is where I get into trouble the most! M-83 O-94 T-88 I-27 V-83

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I don't make a conscious attempt to be unconventional, it sort of just happens. I like a lot of things that are extremely unpopular compared to the norm of what people my age like. The biggest example I can think of is music. Today's music is terrible, in my opinion. The main pro to this would be that I really like things based on my personal opinion, not just to go with the popular or normal one. The main con I'd say is not having a lot of people to share my unconventional interests with. M-55 O-88 T-11 I-27 V-55

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I am a high IQ INTJ, I think this helps explain a high score on "unconventional". I don't think like others, or - others do not think like me.

I wouldn't say it makes me happy. Like being in a small percentile of intelligence and personality type makes it clear you are "different".

Being different - does not make me happy, but it might be true to say it makes me feel a little egocentric pride!

The cons - are HAVING to be a loner. If there were more people like me, then I wouldn't be unconventional! It's not a choice. M-61 O-83 T-72 I-33 V-33

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I have found that the conventional approach just doesn't quite cut it in the type of situations I frequently find myself in, and therefore I make my own, far more unconventional approaches. I often get good results with my unique approaches (academically, in chess and with social situations). I must admit that I also like rubbing it in people's faces when I achieve great success with an idea that I'm testing out for the first time, mainly because I don't work as hard as my competitors and still get better results sometimes. I believe it is because people spend too much time trying to understand others' approaches instead of trying to make sense of a situation and trying to find answers based on their own instincts and experiences. Just because something works really well for one individual, it doesn't mean it will work well for another, precisely because they are individuals. M-71 O-81 T-71 I-76 V-5

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I've always been considered different. It has also never been a negative thing for myself or my peers (to my knowledge). I am an only child of divorced parents. Beginning at an early age, I had, and have had, a very plentiful amount of friends, and loving, emotionally available parents; however, it's kind of 'just been me' forever. I surprise, shock, and entertain myself and others without exerting myself in any way. I guess that's the pro. The lack of negative feedback of my "unconventionality" has lead me to be fearless in sharing my unusual thoughts and ideas. I cringe at the thought of being a small sheep in a huge flock. I'd like to find my own piece of land and if you'd like to join me, more than welcome. I don't enjoy following, as I spent my early teen years doing so, a contrived carbon-copy, holding back the strangeness that I've now learned to love and embrace without shame.

The major con is that I've developed unrealistically high standards for others and it seems no one can match them. I crave another unconventional individual who can share with me their own wild mind, as I can share with them mine. I've not yet found someone who can meet me 'where I am', so to speak. I burst with joy when I don't lose someone during deep conversation, which sadly is a rarity (and I assure you I am not insane nor incapable of clear articulation). Might also be important to note that I am an extreme atheist, find pop culture embarrassing, and scored high on narcissism, which I'll own up to. M-88 O-88 T-83 I-72 V-33

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I enjoy being different because I think that if you are just like everyone else you will have a boring and uneventful life. I strive to not be a part of the "in-crowd/mold" I hate being like anyone else. M-33 O-100 T-77 I-83 V-27

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I think I scored high on the Unconventionality drive because recently I've made a life choice of trying to be true to myself after getting out of a relationship where I had to change a lot in order to make the other individual happy. The most important people in my life have always encouraged me to be myself and love me no matter my choices, so that support system allows me to continue my "unconventional" life. There is also a very negative force in my life that wants me to bend to convention, and that kind of negative energy helps remind me that I'd rather be unconventional and happy than "normal" and miserable. M-50 O-88 T-5 I-44 V-66

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I believe the main reason that I take pride in being different is because I feel I'm doing a disservice to myself if I don't let myself be, in lack of a better term, myself. Hiding my true feelings/thoughts upsets me greatly and I feel I'm not only missing out on an opportunity for myself but the people that I'm with as well.

I think that my actual individual nature is something that I was born with, and something that has been nurtured over time by the experiences in my childhood. Being an artist (my mom said I started drawing when I was in kindergarden and I haven't stopped since) I've always viewed the world in a different way, and being so I've always been viewed as different by others. Through elementary and middle school I had been dropped by many "friends" and accumulated new ones with nary a glance back. It wasn't until in middle school when I thought I'd found my soul mates (best friends) and had them all abandon me in the 8th grade that something snapped. I stopped supressing my true artistic nature and started trying to stop caring how others viewed me. Ever since I've been much happier but inside I still have the same insecurities I'm sure everyone else has- but instead of pushing them back I use them as motivation to keep being who I am. M-22 O-94 T-27 I-72 V-27

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to be normal in my mind is the greatest sin. i prefer think most people are squares and it would be horrid to be square when you can be a star and to want to fit in means that really you are of no importance so i strive to be different to be strange that's why i am unconventional. M-33 O-100 T-33 I-33 V-0

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I think I like being different because nobody else is like me. It makes me unique, and I don't need to conform to the mold of what people want to make me happy. I am happy just the way I am, and people can take me or leave me. But, either way, I truly know that I am in the better position because I am someone. I have my own voice, and I am not afraid to use it. One could say it's a defense mechanism, but, for me, I truly believe that happiness comes from within not from everyone else. You can be happy with someone and from the influence of someone, but the only way that's possible is if, and only if, you can truly accept yourself for who you are. Being the same like everyone else makes you a dime a dozen, boring, plain, and I am not one of those people. My own ideas stimulate thoughts, dreams, and most importantly life. Being different and "weird" is the greatest gift I have ever been blessed with. M-9 O-85 T-66 I-28 V-47

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Being different causes others around me to expect uniqueness and therefore to allow me to act independently with very little interference. I am impatient with explaining the motives for my actions to others, so acting unpredictably causes other people not to bother with understanding the things I do and why I do them. Most of the time, the means by which I reach a conclusion are not understood by those around me, so taking the time to explain them has no purpose and is a waste of time. M-55 O-100 T-100 I-0 V-11

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I love being different. It something I strive to be. Not because I crave attention, but because I just really don't like being apart of society's idea of "beautiful". Beauty has a total different meaning to me. Beauty to me is having curves, tattoos, piercings and being your own person, whoever you may be. Being beautiful to me is also having a good heart and to not think less of yourself or others. Confidence is key. Excepting others as they are and excepting yourself as you are, for every dimple, freckle, birthmark, zit, scar and stretchmark. M-66 O-88 T-55 I-44 V-22

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being the same as everyone else is boring and unattractive. i have more fun being different. i like to share what i like with my friends. i don't want to be lumped together with the rest of the crowd. although it's hard to connect with people when you're too different from them. M-55 O-88 T-55 I-66 V-44

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after reading some about stalin, lenin and che guevara i've just come to the realization that what i am, is a revolutionary. also it seems i might be have borderline personality disorder. M-44 O-88 T-72 I-61 V-22


*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info)
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