Measuring personality is big business. You can spend a fortune in time and/or money filling in forms, answering puzzles and deciphering unwieldy four-letter acronyms all with the aim of categorizing yourself in an only semi-useful way.
Never having adequately got my head around Myers-Briggs, I hereby propose a new psychometric test:
Which Hitchhiker’s Guide is the best?
Answer the question by selecting a form or an individual book, and find your personality-type below.
- The radio show, but only the Primary and Secondary phases.
- You're a traditionalist. You know that there are many new and supposedly wonderful things in the world, but it's better to stick with what you know well. You may be of a certain age, and you sometimes miss the carefree days of your youth.
- The radio show, the whole thing.
- You wouldn't describe yourself as a risk-taker, but your friends will say you've been known to take a chance or two. Of those friends, some will enjoy your sense of humour, while others aren't so sure. You like to see things through to completion, and prefer to make a good go and get it done rather than be paralyzed by a futile search for perfection.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the novel.
- You like to know where everything is, and you value simplicity. The people around you have learned that you don't handle surprises very well, but they're perfectly happy to treat you kindly and look out for you.
- The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, the novel.
- Quality matters to you, but sometimes you'll let it slip in the name of excitement. Similarly, although you tend towards an analytical approach to life, you have been known to jump to some very unusual conclusions. It seems to have worked okay for you so far.
- Life, the Universe and Everything, the novel.
- You're a little bit surreal in your approach to life, perhaps as a result of an experience with hallucinogens. Nonetheless, you know exactly where you're going in life, even if no-one else does. This knowledge makes you a little bit smug, but in an endearing way.
- So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, the novel.
- You're a bit of a hippy, and a romantic at heart. You wish for everyone to have a happy ending, but you know deep down that that's terribly unlikely. Still, you hope.
- Mostly Harmless, the novel.
- The diametric opposite of Type SLATFATF, you are always waiting for the other shoe to drop. After all, life is suffering, isn't it? You remember a time when you were less negative about everything, but you're a little bit ashamed of that past self.
- The text-based adventure game.
- Given to extraordinary bursts of imagination, you still like to suffer. With a tendency to make life difficult for yourself, pain is a strange pleasure to you.
- The BBC TV series.
- You grew up on Doctor Who and like your entertainment made up in dreary cardboard. Slightly morose, you tend to just get on with things without getting terribly worked up about them. You are very probably English.
- The 2005 film.
- It's nice to see some young 'uns packing towels. Welcome to the family — just be sure to mind your manners, and don't assume that you know what you're talking about quite yet.
(A note on method: this is based on the forms of Guide that I’m familiar with. Given the uniquely multi-media nature of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it’s entirely possible that I’ve missed some. You now where the comment form is if you want to expand the test.)