If you've travelled anywhere in the world, even on a single trip, you'll have probably noticed that different countries have different attitudes and personalities. While it's true that we're all the same underneath, the way we express ourselves will often be influenced by the country we're from.
How do we know this, you might ask? Well, according to 16personalities, a few simple tests can help determine the personality of a nation. Backed by its parent company, NERIS Analytics, the website allows people to take various personality tests and then tell the system where they're from in the world. Measuring everything from introversion vs. extroversion to thinking vs. feeling, the tests have allowed the company to build up a world map of personalities.
Knowing a country and yourself
In fact, to date, more than 73 million tests have been completed and the data has flagged up some interesting results. For example, did you know that Oman is rated as the most extroverted country with 61.66 percent of those tested falling into this category? Did you also know that Uganda tops the list of assertive countries, with 57.91 percent of respondents coming under the site's definition?
Of course, there is another way to get the measure of someone and it's a game that more than 40 million play. According to Poker Players Research's findings from 2009, 6.8 percent of the world's population enjoyed playing poker – and what's the one thing you'll find at any poker table? Personalities. As much as mathematics and logic play a role in the outcome of a poker game, psychology is also hugely important. In fact, if you can understand your own personality and that of your opponents, you stand a much better chance of coercing them into making the wrong moves.
Just as 16personalities has covered personalities from around the world, online poker operator 888poker has devised its own personality test. In short, the test is designed to help aspiring players and casual psychology fans understand their poker personality. Posing various questions based on scenarios at the poker table, the test will eventually tell the user their "poker power" rating as well as they traits they're most likely to display as a player. This could be anything from a "maniac" with the will to play any hand, to a "rock" who likes to sit and pick their spots accordingly.
Tailor your trip according to your personality
So, what can you do with this information? Well, the obvious answer is to visit countries that jive with your particular personality type. For instance, if you're a naturally introverted person who prefers to quietly stroll along a side street and take in the local culture in peace, Oman might not be the best place for you. Similarly, if you want to join up with "observant and prospecting types", 16personalities' data suggests Japan would be the place to go.
Moreover, you could use 16personalities' global data in conjunction with your poker personality rating. If you're a maniac at the poker table and just "just plain ol' crazy" according to 888poker's definition, then it's worth seeking out countries where you can indulge these tendencies. For example, a holiday a secluded village among the mountains in France might not be the best place to get your juices flowing, just as Oman might not be the place for introverts.
Essentially, if you're more aware of your own personality and the general tendencies of a country, you can put together a much better travel itinerary. Yes, there's something to be said for stepping out of your comfort zone and trying something different. However, if you really want to find a holiday that suits you and provides the best experience possible, then doing a little soul searching with the help of the internet is a good idea.