I recently participated in a study at a nearby university. Among other things I had to fill out a long personality/psychological test. Part of it lists a quality and asks me to rate myself as having that quality on a scale of 1-10. Most of the qualities were given as two terms: “outgoing/sociable”, “sexy, sensual”, “humorous/playful” and mostly I didn’t object to the pairing of words but two qualities were
I wanted to rate myself as being highly stable but not as unemotional. I think I’m at least moderately assertive but hardly dominant. (for the purposes of rating I split the difference)
Do you agree that those words don’t go together? Do you think it was a mistake of English on the test makers’ part or a psychologists’ trick to trip up test takers?