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Are YOU a Frank Underwood? Take the test to find out if you have the newly found ‘sixth personality trait’ for manipulative behaviour

  • The 15-minute test asks you to respond to 100 statements about yourself
  • Test takes into account the ‘sixth personality trait’ of honesty and humility
  • This is usually not tested for by psychologists, but could reveal a great about a person’s tendency for unethical behaviour

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20:13 EST, 11 June 2015

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Do you have what it takes to scheme your way to the top with the brutal force of Frank Underwood in House of Cards?

Now a 15-minute test could help you find out by measuring your dark, Machiavellian qualities against other personality traits.

The test provides 100 simple statements such as ‘I would be quite bored by a visit to an art gallery’ and ‘I feel reasonably satisfied with myself overall.’

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You then have to rate how much you agree with each statement from a scale of ‘strongly disagree’ to ‘strongly agree’.

Along with other personality traits, the test will be able to tell you if you’re a Machiavellian, which describes people with a tendency to be manipulative and dishonest.

Dubbed the Hexaco personality inventory, it is the first ever test created by scientists to measure a newly found sixth personality trait.

Psychologists usually study something known as the ‘big five’ personality traits; extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience.

Do you think you have what it takes to rise through the ranks with the brutal force of Frank Underwood (pictured) in House of Cards? Now a 15-minute test could help you find out by measuring your dark, Machiavellian qualities against other personality traits

Do you think you have what it takes to rise through the ranks with the brutal force of Frank Underwood (pictured) in House of Cards? Now a 15-minute test could help you find out by measuring your dark, Machiavellian qualities against other personality traits

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, however, say there is a sixth dimension to personality; honesty and humility.

It isn’t intuitively obvious that these two traits go together, and until very recently it hadn’t been recognised as a basic dimension of personality.

But the scientists in the latest study argue it should be added to the Big Five to help account for behaviour that is unethical and self-serving.

WHAT DO YOUR SCORES MEAN? 

Honesty-Humility: People with very high scores in this area avoid manipulating others for personal gain, feel little temptation to break rules and are uninterested in lavish wealth.

But people with very low scores on this scale will flatter others to get what they want, are inclined to break rules for personal profit, are motivated by material gain, and feel a sense of self-importance.

Emotionality: Those with high scores on Emotionality experience fear of physical dangers, experience anxiety in response to life’s stresses, feel a need for emotional support from others, and feel empathy and sentimental attachments with others. 

Conversely, persons with very low scores on this scale are not deterred by the prospect of physical harm, feel little worry even in stressful situations and have little need to share their concern.

Extraversion: High scores in this area have positively about themselves, feel confident when leading or addressing groups of people and enjoy social gatherings and interactions.

Those with low scores on this scale consider themselves unpopular, feel awkward when they are the center of social attention, are indifferent to social activities, and feel less lively and optimistic.

Agreeableness (versus Anger): Those with very high scores on the Agreeableness scale forgive the wrongs that they suffered, are lenient in judging others and are willing to compromise 

Conversely, persons with very low scores on this scale hold grudges, are rather critical of others’ shortcomings, are stubborn in defending their point of view, and feel anger readily.

Conscientiousness: If you score high in this area you are organised with your and physical surroundings, work in a disciplined way toward their goals and strive for accuracy and perfection in their tasks, and deliberate carefully when making decisions.

But people with very low scores on this scale tend to be unconcerned with orderly surroundings or schedules, avoid difficult tasks or challenging goals and are satisfied with work with errors. 

Openness to experience: Those with high scores become absorbed in the beauty of art and nature, are inquisitive about various domains of knowledge, use their imagination freely in everyday life, and take an interest in unusual ideas or people. 

People with very low scores on this scale are rather unimpressed by most works of art, feel little intellectual curiosity, avoid creative pursuits, and feel little attraction toward ideas that are radical. 

In one study, Carnegie Mellon researchers asked a group of participants to complete the Hexaco personality test.

The participants played a dice-rolling game in which they were given the opportunity to cheat to win a cash reward.

Researchers found those who scored lower in Honesty-Humility. But cheating didn’t match up to a pattern with any of the other ‘Big Five’ traits.

The results will be provided after you have finished, with a rating given for each of the six personality traits as well as their subsets. The data will be combined and used confidentially for research by the university

The results will be provided after you have finished, with a rating given for each of the six personality traits as well as their subsets. The data will be combined and used confidentially for research by the university

‘Research in the past decade has shown how the H factor (honesty and humility) matters in many aspects of people’s lives,’ writes Kibeom Lee in his book ‘The H Factor’.

‘It underlies their approaches toward money, power, and sex. It governs their inclination to commit crimes or obey the law.

‘It orients them toward certain attitudes about society, politics, and religion. It influences their choice of friends and spouse.’

Taya Cohen, a lead author, told The Huffington Post, that it is important to measure Honesty-Humility, Machiavellianism, and other moral character traits because it allows us to understand and predict who is likely to behave ethically.

‘We should be aware of the damage employees with low moral character can do, and great efforts should be taken to avoid selecting and promoting these individuals, especially for leadership positions,’ she added.

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