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MOTIV Personality Trait Descriptions

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Thinking (Logical)

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The following items all had a statistically significant factor loadings (similar to correlations) on the Thinking drive:

**If you see only one number it means that item only had a significant loading on the Thinking drive (>.130, sample size >=600), otherwise the factor loading numbers are listed in the MOTIV order (Marketing, Offbeat, Thinking, Interpersonal, Vital)


Logical thinking is my oxygen. .815
I find being logical rewarding. .111 .170 .772 .008 .058
I focus entirely on making decisions logically. .756
The best way to survive in the world is to be rational/logical. .064 -.003 .729 .004 -.014
I strive for internal logical consistency. .013 .178 .696 .047 .026
If something doesn't make logical sense there's a problem. .163 .023 .687 .007 -.072
I am primarily motivated by the quest for logical purity. .083 .131 .669 .056 .080
The rational is more important than the emotional. .003 .013 .654 -.161 .029
I think more than I feel. .012 .074 .651 -.011 -.075
I make decisions based on specific real world metrics. .618
I seek facts before expressing opinions. .588
I find analytical living rewarding. .572
I feel that by being rational, I will attract the right kind of person. .113 .024 .564 .059 .032
I feel more than I think. .235 .065 -.559 .233 -.040
logical .542
Nothing is more important than critical thinking. .093 .233 .537 -.022 .048
I would rather think more than feel more. .052 .117 .532 -.010 -.142
I find analytical living rewarding. .520
I thrive on problem solving. .017 .361 .520 .107 .102
I often attack complicated material by separating it into components and analyzing it systematically. .023 .147 .514 .079 .029
brainiac .010 .334 .513 .079 .066
When my life doesn't make logical sense, I'm unhappy. .119 .001 .513 .032 -.261
If I had to choose between an illogical path that I felt strongly drawn to and a logical path that I didn't feel strongly drawn to, I would choose the logical path. .057 -.134 .512 .003 .065
sensation 00000 thought -.145 -.026 .505 -.036 -.031
I am often skeptical, critical, and evaluative. .161 .194 .501 -.145 -.237
I prefer to maintain a neutral emotional state. .499
I am precise. .009 .054 .498 .091 .205
I value the practical more than the artistic. .079 -.173 .496 -.126 .070
Super logical people annoy me. .255 .073 -.493 .036 -.071
I trust my feelings over my logical thought. .214 .166 -.486 .264 .029
I am powerfully attracted to science with it's truths based on facts. .004 .177 .486 .005 .075
The purpose of life is making sense of things. .146 .112 .482 .119 -.037
I am quick to spot inconsistencies. .021 .401 .481 .068 .037
I can easily put my feelings aside when I need to. -.139 .050 .480 -.104 .025
I prefer to feel things out than analytically figure them out. .163 .142 -.472 .173 -.031
I quickly perceive similarities, differences, and anomalies. .003 .422 .465 -.004 .002
I tend to think first before I share my ideas. .463
I objectively measure the external world to achieve measurable goals. .226 .146 .456 .087 .163
Enjoying being alive is more important than being logical. .008 .119 -.453 .055 .154
Even when it makes me miserable, I am compelled to care about whether things make sense. .052 .101 .446 .172 -.133
I tend to think before I speak. .445
I tend to take precautions. .033 -.251 .441 .191 -.061
Not understanding how things work bothers me. .080 .180 .441 .076 -.033
I like clear goals and clear ways of measuring success. .338 -.063 .440 .059 .141
There is nothing more important than being intellectual. .049 .219 .439 -.029 -.060
Functionality is more important than attractiveness. -.245 .067 .438 .129 .085
To really understand something you've got to reduce it to its principles. .432
I am more interested in intellectual pursuits than anything else. .007 .408 .431 .036 .007
I am a serious person. .430
It is important to know how the system works. .428
My behavior is very thought out. .056 -.012 .426 .114 .048
frugal -.100 -.025 .426 .014 -.292
I am very careful. .042 -.229 .424 .244 -.061
Chemistry matters in a romantic relationship but sensibility (a situation making rational sense) is more important. .094 .004 .424 .092 -.027
I frequently look at past and current concrete situations and data. .102 .271 .423 .109 -.106
An internally consistent feeling state is more important than an internally consistent logic/rationality. .165 .036 -.420 .152 -.150
I am more visceral than cerebral. .091 .110 -.419 .153 -.061
I prefer to think out what I want to say in advance. .417
I am methodical. .415
Chain of command is very important. .365 -.167 .410 .194 .120
I am endlessly interested in knowing how things work, in order that I can keep them working (and survive with/within them). .064 .284 .410 .109 .047
I readily see cause-effect relationships. .005 .317 .409 .141 .055
I think more than I feel. .085 .175 .409 -.060 -.053
I love intellectual pursuits more than most other things in life. .042 .367 .409 .029 -.051
My decisions involve extensive research. .153 .047 .407 -.006 -.020
I enjoy fine-tuning a definition or concept to support a theory, perspective or framework. .046 .330 .400 .055 .056
I am security/safety focused. .221 -.206 .399 .236 .005
Even if something bad is about to happen to me, I rarely experience fear or nervousness. .017 .333 .223 -.110 .190
I find it rewarding to let my feelings guide me in life. .125 .218 -.392 .224 .112
I lead from the heart, not the head. .014 .090 -.386 .201 .002
I have a history of making and sticking to long term plans. .075 .053 .382 .139 .161
I enjoy work that allows me to dive in with few interruptions. -.027 .195 .382 .054 -.218
I trust my logic over the logic of others. .164 .378 .377 -.147 -.005
I am not my feelings. .377
I value the artistic more than the practical. .098 .309 -.374 .104 -.146
The purpose of life is excellence. .281 .124 .372 .032 .102
If a life choice made logical sense to me I would stick with it no matter how unpopular or even unpleasant it made me feel. .372
unemotional -.035 .058 .368 -.458 -.055
I would be happy if I had a more logical undertanding of things. .203 .047 .368 .170 -.326
Building mental maps of things appeals to me. .042 .288 .365 .104 .008
I feel more than I think. .070 -.036 -.363 .206 .027
I am good at ignoring unpleasant feelings. .361
I do everything the right way. .156 .065 .358 .012 .188
I feel I must control every thought and every action perfectly. .277 .061 .358 .083 -.297
It is very irresponsible to have kids if you don't have adequate financial resources. .149 .149 .357 -.028 -.154
I concentrate easily. -.031 .016 .353 -.003 .154
I tend to take precautions. .019 -.107 .350 .168 -.084
It would be hurtful to lack the capacity to reason. .013 .174 .350 .079 -.004
You have to take things apart (figuratively and/or literally) to understand how they work. .024 .165 .349 .044 -.059
thrifty -.127 .000 .349 .104 -.258
I am unable to connect with others emotionally. .015 .050 .347 -.232 -.337
Question everything, even question why you question everything. .046 .382 .345 -.043 -.103
Sometimes I am overly cautious. .048 -.187 .344 .190 -.351
I find it rewarding to put my life in the hands of fate. .038 .164 -.337 .097 .019
I see the world as it is. .043 -.153 .335 .036 .054
Having more than two kids is very foolish. .131 .159 .331 -.202 -.207
I am a serious person. .330
My awareness could best be described as a stream of feelings. .175 .228 -.330 .295 -.269
masculine .072 .220 .329 -.141 .185
I am a thinker. -.052 .347 .328 .058 .023
I am an intellectual. -.024 .282 .327 .098 .117
I recognize how things have always been. .054 .147 .326 .109 .014
thinker .005 .285 .324 .104 -.050
I like having my life carefully planned out. .316 -.148 .324 .179 .051
One should always be willing to carry on the discussion in the opponent's terminology. .056 .217 .324 .077 -.022
I sometimes let my feelings overwhelm me.- (I don't let my feelings overwhelm) -.145 -.164 .324 -.260 .186
I prefer to live in a world where laws and rules are rigidly enforced. .173 -.229 .322 .052 .038
I am not easily bothered by things. -.149 .134 .321 .004 .465
I would not have kids if I didn't think I could financially provide for them adequately. .076 .150 .321 -.018 -.120
When it comes to romantic attraction, captivating my mind is more important than captivating my heart. 0.067 .246 .320 -.114 .024
I am mechanically inclined. -.022 .161 .319 .066 .052
I do things when I'm supposed to do them. .036 -.289 .316 .253 .459
Before I say something, I first like to think about it for a while. -.135 -.011 .316 .148 -.041
I notice whether the details in front of me match what I am accustomed to. .120 .237 .315 .137 -.052
If something feels right I'll probably stick with it even if logically it might seem wrong. .162 .257 -.313 .208 .002
It's irresponsible for people who suffer depression to have children. .206 .046 .312 -.111 -.047
I am highly theoretical. .024 .376 .312 .021 -.102
I am highly theoretical. 0 .31 .31 0 0
I am good at following orders. .118 -.300 .310 .287 .070
Others should be made to pay for their stupidity. .264 .166 .309 -.190 -.165
If I'm sad, I tend to keep it to myself. -.037 .190 .309 .060 -.140 (men)
I am good at picking up on my feelings but not other people's feelings. .145 -.058 .308 -.178 -.083 (men)
I am very detail oriented. .090 .048 .306 .205 .081
I let my feelings strongly guide me. .092 .135 -.303 .292 -.157
I live by a strict code of ethics and strive for a world where others do the same. .029 .040 .303 .336 .050
I am very serious. -.025 .036 .302 -.029 -.168
I don't think anyone is awesome. -.065 .125 .302 -.135 -.172
I take really good care of things that I own. .037 .053 .301 .211 .267
You can never be too rational/logical. .193 .284 .300 -.073 -.059
Fun is more important than rationality. .233 .295 -.299 .018 .004
I try to examine myself objectively. .044 .402 .298 .079 .052
When it comes to romantic attraction, captivating my heart is more important than captivating my mind. .206 -.131 -.298 .205 .007
The best leader is the smartest person the masses will follow. .226 .030 .297 .009 -.070
Being logical doesn't really make me happy, but I'm compelled to be like that. .195 .069 .298 .046 -.288
My goal in life is omniscience. .208 .182 .295 -.060 .016
I operate by a theoretical+experiential understanding of myself and the world that I am constantly updating/altering. .047 .377 .295 .050 -.012
I feel best when I am working. .036 .110 .294 .168 .149
It is very important for me to maintain my preferred internal feeling state(s). .101 .184 .294 .141 .005
I don't believe in luck. -.114 .092 .292 -.093 -.208
If I like someone romantically but I don't feel/sense reciprocation, I move on. .086 .088 .292 .081 .118
I strive for internal consistency of my ideals/morals. -.039 .196 .312 .155 .115
People tell me that I am stiff. .113 .192 .302 -.062 -.339
It is important to become aware of how your nervous system perceives reality. .024 .381 .297 .053 -.116
The more hierarchical society is, the better. .391 -.131 .293 .025 .043
I don't like people to pry into my life for any reason. -.036 .064 .292 -.148 -.173
Justice is very important to me. .105 .091 .291 .225 .061
Professional credentials are the best way to judge the skill of a person. .343 -.163 .290 .061 .013
There is nothing more important than conscious living. .140 .259 .288 .146 .050
I like having my vacations carefully planned out. .149 -.243 .287 .135 .055
I enjoy projects which involve long stretches of solitary activity. -.082 .077 .285 .019 -.212
It is important to reprogram oneself. .165 .320 .283 .120 -.088
I value females over males. .094 .090 -.284 .181 -.142 (men)
I am good at finding things. .002 .133 .278 .195 .229
I'm the type of person that thinks of escaping into a world where everything is solved using equations. .042 .089 .278 -.010 -.147
I do things when I should do them. .044 -.258 .277 .262 .476
I find theoretical physics interesting. -.041 .285 .277 -.047 -.072
The most important thing in a romantic partner is the intellectual connection. .036 .187 .277 .073 .010
If you show weakness, people will walk all over you. .289 .109 .276 -.075 -.158
work ooooo play .137 .292 -.275 -.013 -.119
Its easier for me to apprehend my gut/instincts/feelings than my thoughts. .208 .137 -.275 .168 -.075
The world is full of fascinating problems waiting to be solved. -.011 .352 .275 .130 .172
I fix my own problems. -.038 .246 .274 -.074 .265
I have a long term life plan that is very specific. .184 .006 .274 .059 .191
When learning I do best in a quiet environment. .034 -.153 .274 .142 -.115
People have to be responsible for their own actions. .105 .182 .273 .053 .249
I love to examine the unusual.-.022 .519 .272 .060 -.065
I need to be in control of my life. .277 .113 .271 .043 .005
I find most people irrational. .062 .333 .273 -.137 -.291
I think a fair amount about my long-term career goals. .167 .038 .271 .201 .213
I make plans and stick to them. .092 -.084 .270 .280 .324
I discover patterns that make the future more predictable. .104 .283 .270 .035 -.055
If I do something that causes me trouble, Iím sure to avoid doing it again. -.074 -.215 .270 .257 .160
The only rules I buy into are the physical laws of the universe. .124 .369 .270 -.101 -.086
I rarely stop to think about what other people think, feel, and expect. .002 .170 .269 -.288 -.045
I am impulsive. .321 .407 -.269 .136 -.002
I spend a lot of time thinking about ways to do things better. .105 .173 .268 .254 .050
complex .033 .402 .267 -.075 -.056
I'm good at figuring out what I want but not what others want. .229 -.074 .267 -.146 .006 male
I find reinforcement within myself, not others. -.043 .341 .266 -.193 .132
I am concerned with investigating truth not with questions of personal prestige. -.042 .298 .265 .125 .024
I am frugal. .264
I compare current experience against stored past impressions and experiences. .154 .354 .263 .125 -.130
I'm not afraid of ending up alone. -.116 .178 .263 -.221 .183
I am defined by my ideas. .136 .384 .261 .102 .005
If you don't think you have long term compatibility with someone there is no good reason to date them. .260 (men)
I believe in fate. .114 -.112 -.259 .293 .117
I say things without thinking. .272 .265 -.259 .000 -.098
I had to remain a more silent type to really learn and develop an understanding of how things work. -.141 .142 .259 .039 -.260
I have a very particular standard for the quality of my work. .011 .142 .259 .123 .164
If I have a flaw, it might be that I am overly content. .068 .085 .258 -.006 .132
I seek out the patterns of the universe. .023 .409 .258 .032 .007
Integrity is more important than loyalty. -.065 .151 .256 .003 .056
I am not my intellect. -.256
My moods carry me through life, they are my track/foundation. .290 .213 -.256 .171 -.226
Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. .010 .315 .255 .024 .253
If I like someone but I don't feel/sense reciprocation, I move on. -.065 .088 .255 .080 .081
I am more future oriented than past oriented. .066 .167 .255 .022 .369
Privacy is very important to me. .096 .194 .254 .040 .005
I work well within a system. .181 -.233 .254 .328 .123
Prayer is easier/lazier than action. .074 .138 .254 -.124 -.090
dependent .303 -.101 -.254 .055 -.398
I strive for internal consistency of my feelings. .034 .248 .253 .280 -.039
The most important thing in a romantic partner is emotional stability. .153 .012 .248 .275 .079
Some actions are unforgivable. .190 .013 .253 -.016 -.147
I don't look to others for acceptance. -.142 .313 .251 -.142 .129
I spend lots of my free time playing video games. -.021 .111 .251 -.139 -.092
Architecture interests me a great deal. .005 .206 .249 .068 -.092
To be honest, how much I like someone depends a lot on how useful that person is to me. .397 .075 .249 -.196 -.126
I am not easily frustrated. -.195 .167 .248 .044 .469
I don't like to lose control over my feelings.- -.247
People describe me as soft spoken and mellow. -.111 -.077 .247 .174 -.223
I believe in the paranormal. .052 .358 -.246 .240 -.106
I work very long hours, even though my job doesn't require this. .063 .106 .242 .197 -.030
I like things I can control. .359 .043 .246 -.106 -.047
I avoid dangerous situations. -.076 -.453 .245 .081 .002
I need to be inspired. .190 .199 -.022 .039 -.164 (men have -.245 thinking score on this)
I want everything to be 'just right.' .208 -.111 .244 .208 -.069
A lot of people want to have sex with me. .319 .186 -.244 .045 .394
I am very unsystematic. .100 .236 -.240 .005 -.227
I am more calm than worrying. -.107 .171 .240 .009 .517
I need solitude (time alone) so that I can hear myself think. .240
The formula for success is a lot of work over a long period of time (many years). .109 -.075 .239 .122 .165
I believe in being accountable. .046 -.036 .238 .329 .239
Life is a puzzle that I will figure out. .078 .313 .238 .073 .002
You can never be too helpful to others. .011 .350 -.237 .315 .032
The ends justify the means. .337 .065 .237 -.029 -.008
I would never want to have more than one or two kids. .045 .123 .237 .132 -.025
I am propelled internally, on an instinctual level, to be hard working, detail oriented. .110 .023 .236 .267 .347
It is important to know why you are who you are, why you do what you do. .096 .236 .236 .185 .020
I have a bad temper. .294 .319 -.235 -.060 -.401
I need my heart and my mind captivated for a romantic relationship to work for me. .235 (male)
Being respected by my romantic partner is more important to me than being loved. .087 .143 .234 .063 .081
The average person out there doesn't realize how easily they can be deceived by a clever operator. .163 .273 .234 -.048 -.220
I live my life based on a specific system that I created. .230 .238 .232 .095 .074
I am selfless/considerate when it comes to those close to me but selfish/inconsiderate when it comes to strangers. .166 .036 .232 -.143 -.246
When I'm in love, I'm all-in, even when it doesn't make sense to be. women .193 .126 -.232 .324 .030 men .118 .282 -.128 .355 -.110
It is important to become aware of how I may see things differently from how they really are. -.022 .383 .231 .173 -.096
I have a history of very close friendships. .317 .193 -.230 .166 .168
I am impatient. .274 .242 -.230 -.055 -.210
I stick to the rules. .152 -.465 .230 .253 .170
I prefer one-on-one conversations to group activities. -.120 .184 .229 .018 -.425
I have historically spent a lot of my free time playing video games. -.019 .067 .229 -.123 -.261
I see flaws/weaknesses as opportunites for fixes/improvements. .074 .193 .228 .102 .426
I am a cold person. .125 .088 .227 -.313 -.370
I am concerned about my physical security. .288 .019 .227 .196 -.134
I don't trust others. .084 .228 .227 -.137 -.313
The future is more important than the past. .097 .133 .227 .081 .233
I do my best work alone. -.099 .205 .226 -.069 -.417
I only care about the people close to me. .235 .087 .226 -.300 -.219
I am interested in the paranormal. .015 .411 -.226 .198 -.166
Privacy is more valuable than fame. -.318 .151 .225 .125 .006
I love attention but I dislike intimacy (a person getting too close to me). .130 .115 .225 -.033 -.154
The definition of a good agreement is one that benefits me and the other party equally. .068 .091 .225 .192 .015
I don't want to stand out. -.360 -.258 .225 -.026 -.090
I have a lot of theories. -.015 .458 .225 -.014 -.129
Health problems should be fixed, not lived with. .169 .112 .225 .078 .180
I am more outgoing than reserved. (big 5 extroversion) .228 .105 -.224 .165 .450
I'm not a big risk taker. -.059 -.350 .224 .087 -.384
I like to celebrate birthdays on a small scale with only one or two close friends or family members. -.215 .093 .224 -.021 -.376
I focus entirely on avoiding the spotlight. -.183 .123 .223 .161 -.205
I keep my thoughts to myself.- .08 .05 -.22 .083 .403
I deal with criticism very poorly. .221 -.122 -.220 .118 -.432
intimate ooooo withholding .091 .054 .222 -.160 -.261
I take existing ideas and link them together in new and interesting ways. .034 .512 .221 .143 .179
I would only be in a relationship with someone who was my equal. women .221 men .121
I find it rewarding to be very aware of my environment at all times. .177 .328 .220 .193 .042
I guide my life using religious scriptures. .290 -.077 -.218 .413 .173
Career is more important than family. .238 .092 .218 -.330 -.148
Very unconventional people annoy me. .268 -.188 .217 -.040 -.095
A meaningful career is more important than a meaningful relationship. .302 .114 .217 -.149 -.057
I have or want to get a tattoo. .045 .151 -.216 .039 -.056
I live my life based on a specific system that I adopted. .230 .124 .216 .130 .091
I have taught myself to stuff and disconnect from my own feelings for years. .007 .143 .216 -.055 -.475
I don't like to dance. .076 .062 .215 -.188 -.329
I don't feel I deserve anything but I will aim to attain/accomplish anything I am interested in attaining/accomplishing. .003 .302 .215 .172 -.187
When I'm depressed, I desire things to make more sense. .219 .142 .214 .163 -.163
My need to be appreciated by others is very low. -.216 .215 .213 -.217 .090
I would be happy if I could avoid change/risk. .074 -.202 .215 .095 -.273
math ooooo art .038 .389 -.215 .018 -.178
You can't find your future without a map. .201 -.099 .214 .120 -.104
I don't have trust in my own judgement. .071 .035 -.212 .081 -.542
It is unwise to chase a romantic interest. -.032 .030 .211 -.088 -.167
Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it. .227 .222 .211 -.068 -.074
I like submissive romantic partners. .296 .053 .211 .088 -.030
It's very important to me to be normal. .432 -.300 .211 .227 -.105
I am the biggest influence in my life. .132 .346 .210 .189 .117
I think the government should deport anyone without citizenship. .167 -.046 .210 -.031 .051
I strive for perfection to please myself. .425 .159 .209 -.016 .108
I experience supernatural guidance. .008 .253 -.209 .269 -.056
The direction of my life is always clear to me. .115 .116 .209 .049 .409
It makes no sense to put effort into something that you know is doomed in the long run. .120 .031 .209 -.150 -.204
I find solitude to be rewarding. -.145 .355 .208 -.105 -.170
Security is more important than liberty. .261 -.202 .208 .099 -.062
I'm impulsive in my actions. .232 .271 -.207 .102 -.230
Just because something makes me happy doesn't mean its good. .028 .118 .207 .138 -.165
I'm more attached to my imagination than reality. .058 .458 -.207 -.057 -.335
Things either work or they don't. .132 .065 .207 .022 -.108
I am in control of almost every aspect of my life. .101 .176 .206 -.061 .502
In classrooms, I prefer lectures to seminars. -.075 -.015 .206 .003 -.235
I follow the rules/principles of my community really well but that doesn't mean I buy into any of them. .131 .137 .205 .175 .039
I have a short fuse. .299 .329 -.204 -.056 -.370
I would only live in an area with very low crime. .119 -.088 .203 .228 .034
People tell me that I am cold. .113 .276 .201 -.225 -.383
I am a very organized person. .072 -.205 .200 .123 .219
If a romantic partner is not mentally on par with me that's a big problem. .063 .183 .203 -.033 .003
Happiness is about self improvement not ascending the social hierarchy. -.065 .349 .202 .101 .065
Colleagues are competitors. .388 .039 .202 -.147 -.125
I don't enjoy most people but I'm still very happy. .202
If something makes sense but doesn't feel right, I'm unlikely to stick with it. .125 .142 -.201 .158 -.027
I spend a lot of time talking about love. .092 .120 -.200 .420 .117
My feelings come first. .306 .213 -.201 .015 -.042
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. .060 .170 .201 .076 .100
I dislike small talk, but I enjoy talking in depth about topics that matter to me. -.014 .298 .201 -.034 -.245
I rely on assurances from others. .328 -.091 -.200 .307 -.282
Nothing is more important than individual survival. .248 .163 .200 -.293 -.047
I grew up in a family that prioritized cognition. .249 .034 .200 .078 .218
I feel guilt if I violate my own internally devised standards .040 .088 .199 .235 -.102
Those who are determined to be 'offended' will discover a provocation somewhere. .046 .216 .199 -.068 -.111


*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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