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27Dec/090

Personality profile of a Law school graduate

law school grads average difference
individualism 44.10 55.09 -11.00
need to dominate 51.16 40.73 10.43
hedonism 47.60 40.21 7.39
intellectual 59.73 52.90 6.83
conflict seeking 56.74 50.15 6.60
sexuality 63.99 57.39 6.60
obesity 49.35 42.97 6.38
peter pan complex 39.88 46.19 -6.31
artistic 50.39 56.49 -6.10
mystical 40.32 46.29 -5.97
narcissism 55.60 49.64 5.96
humanitarian 66.16 60.64 5.53
honor 64.87 59.50 5.37
interdependent 47.04 52.39 -5.36
extravagance 41.56 36.38 5.17
sample info
size 207
average age 34.4
male 43.65%
female 56.35%

Discussion:

The only surprising result I see above is the high Humanitarian score.    However, there is a fairly strong correlation between the Intellectual personality trait and the Humanitarian trait (which I think is related to an inability to ignore the world's problems if you are more curious).  Thus, at least based on this sample population, law school graduates despite clear aggressive tendencies (high scores on Need to Dominate and Conflict seeking) do at least self rate on caring about making a positive difference in the world.

Interestingly, Law school graduates scored lower on the Wealth trait (-1.22) than the average test taker.    That could be because they are actually not more likely to come from wealth, or it could mean their perception of what qualifies as wealthy is higher than the average SimilarMinds test taker.   Also, the sample size's average age of 34.4 might over reflect the law school loan debt period.  The Extravagance scores suggest they have a luxury lifestyle preference, but they only rate slightly higher on the Materialism trait (+2.39).  They are more selfish than average (Accommodation -2.87) but as you can see from the above list, many other traits better distinguish them.

Sloan/Big five profile law school grads average difference
social (vs. reserved) 57.70 54.22 3.48
limbic (vs. calm) 47.92 50.53 -2.61
orderly (vs. unstructured) 53.50 49.26 4.25
accommodating (vs. egocentric) 56.62 59.49 -2.87
non curious (vs. intellectual) 40.27 47.10 -6.83
sloan/big5 type scoei

Below are the results, by SLOAN type, of user's responses to the following 0-4 likert scale test item:
I have worked as or would be interested in working as a lawyer.

sloan type avg score respondents
scoei 2.15 1855
sloei 2.10 943
scoai 2.04 1972
sloai 2.01 791
sluei 1.96 880
scuei 1.94 1202
rcoei 1.91 1617
scuai 1.87 1178
sluai 1.79 597
rloai 1.77 1197
rcoai 1.73 1397
rcuei 1.72 1103
rloai 1.66 776
rluai 1.64 575
scoen 1.62 1839
sloen 1.62 1135
rluei 1.57 899
rcuai 1.53 842
scuen 1.48 1142
sloan 1.47 1210
sluen 1.45 949
scoan 1.41 2644
scuan 1.40 1167
sluan 1.33 716
rloen 1.22 1248
rcoen 1.20 1476
rcuan 1.19 887
rcuen 1.12 838
rcoan 1.11 1801
rluen 1.09 880
rluan 1.08 618
rloan 1.07 1136

The results here match the Big Five profile of the law school graduate sample.  Test takers who scored as SCOEIs self rated highest on the lawyer test item.    This is fairly strong evidence of personality preference predicting actual career path.

Related links:

Advanced Personality Test Trait Descriptions
Advanced Personality Test

SLOAN type Descriptions

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