OCA for Ilia, with commentary

OCA stands for Oxford Capacity Analysis. It is a complex personality test that you fill out, usually online, in-person, or by snail mail, and then they schedule you for an appointment to talk about your results. I was never serious enough to do the test, but I always thought the questions were interesting, and finally decided to take the time and write down all my answers. Then I figured, hey, why not put them in my bio?

The original contains questions with three possible answers: yes, maybe or unsure, and no. I added my own comments to clarify and expand on some of the questions, and even got creative with some of the answers, hence the commentary bit.

There is a total of 200 question. Each of the questions is numbered and bolded, and the answer is directly underneath in Normal font. The questions are in no particular order, just the way they appeared on the test.

1.       Do you make thoughtless remarks or accusations which later you regret?


2.       When others are getting rattled, do you remain fairly composed?

Most of the time.

3.       Do you browse through railway timetables, directories, or dictionaries just for pleasure?

Just dictionaries.

4.       When asked to make a decision, would you be swayed by your like or dislike of the personality involved?


5.       Do you intend two or less children in your family even though your health and income will permit more?


6.       Do you get occasional twitches of your muscles, when there is no logical reason for it?


7.       Would you prefer to be in a position where you did not have the responsibilities of making decisions?

I would prefer to be in a position where I am not the sole person making decisions, and where I am informed of all decisions before they are made.

8.       Are your actions considered unpredictable by other people?

I think so, ask some other people. 

9.       Do you consider more money should be spent on social security? 


10.     Do other people interest you very much?

Only those who are brilliant.

11.     Is your voice monotonous, rather than varied in pitch?

I try to keep it monotonous most of the time, but fail miserably, so in actuality the pitch varies greatly.

12.     Do you normally let the other person start the conversation?

Hmm... is she hot?

13.     Are you readily interested in other people’s conversations?

No.  Quite the contrary, really.

14.     Would the idea of inflicting pain on game, small animals or fish prevent you from hunting or fishing?

If I'm not hungry.

15.     Are you often impulsive in your behavior?


16.     Do you speak slowly?

As slowly as I have to.  The more I have to say, the faster I speak. So no, I speak quickly.

17.     Are you usually concerned about the need to protect your health?

Not very.  Only when I don’t have health insurance.

18.     Does an unexpected action cause your muscles to twitch?

Unless the unexpected action is performed on me, no.

19.     Are you normally considerate in your demands on your employees, relatives, or pupils?


20.     Do you consider that you could give a valid “snap judgment”?

Yes, but again, not always.

21.     Do your past failures still worry you?

I tend to punish myself at times of failure with thoughts of the failure, so as not to worry about it later. In reality, I’ve not had many past failures that bother me very much.

22.     Do you find yourself being extra-active for periods lasting several days?

Yes, but only out of necessity.

23.     Do you resent the efforts of others to tell you what to do?

No, but I do ignore them.

24.     Is it normally hard for you to "own up and take the blame”?

If I’m culpable, then no.

25.     Do you have a small circle of close friends, rather than a large number of friends, speaking acquaintances?

I have both, but most of the time I prefer to avoid the speaking acquaintances.

26.     Is your life a constant struggle for survival?

To an extent, but it’s also a constant struggle to end such struggles.

27.     Do you often sing or whistle just for the fun of it?

I sometimes sing, but hardly ever whistle.

28.     Are you considered warm-hearted by your friends?


29.     Would you rather give orders than take them?

Orders are funny things - if they're based on reason, then anyone who is to follow them would perform better if he understood reasoning process behind the order. That said, understanding a reasoning process is time-consuming, and that considered, when I know what I'm doing, I'd rather give orders.

30.     Do you enjoy telling people the latest scandal about your associates?


31.     Could you agree to “strict discipline”?

Yes... wait, what did you mean by that?

32.     Would the idea of making a complete new start cause you much concern?

A complete new start, as in, learn to walk and talk again? Yes, MUCH concern. Starting over with all basic skills already present, not so much, I think I'd welcome it.

33.     Do you make efforts to get others to laugh and smile?

No, it just happens.

34.     Do you find it easy to express your emotions?

Very. Only a very confused person can have difficulty relaying what he is feeling - either that, or he hasn’t thought about the emotions long enough. Of course, expressing emotions is a time-consuming process, and so if people lose interest or care in your emotions, that might present a difficulty.

35.     Do you refrain from complaining when the other person is late for an appointment?


36.     Are you sometimes considered by others a “spoilsport”?

No idea.

37.     Do you consider there are other people who are definitely unfriendly toward you and work against you?

Yes. Does it bother me? No. Is it expected? Yes.

38.     Would you admit you were wrong just to “keep the peace”?


39.     Do you have only a few people of whom you are really fond?


40.     Are you rarely happy, unless you have a special reason?

I’m usually happy, but I hardly ever have special reasons for it.

41.     Do you “circulate around” at a social gathering?

If by some strange twist of fate I ever end up at a social gathering, then I try my best to circulate around.

42.     Do you take reasonable precaution to prevent accidents?

I do, although some could present solid arguments against.

43.     Does the idea of talking in front of people make you nervous?

Not in the least.

44.     If you saw an article in a shop obviously mistakenly marked lower than its correct price, would you try to get it at that price?

I would, if I had on hand what I believed was sufficient cash to purchase it at the correct amount. I wouldn't push the matter, and I admit it wrong to get something at a mistaken price.

45.     Do you often feel that people are looking at you or talking about you behind your back?

Yes. Does it bother me? No. Is it expected? Yes.

46.     Are you “always getting into trouble”?

As compared to some people, no.

47.     Have you any particular hate or fear?


48.     Do you prefer to be an onlooker rather than participate in any active sport?


49.     Do you find it easy to be impartial?


50.     Have you a definitely set standard of courteous behavior in front of other members of your family?


51.     Can you “start the ball rolling” at a social gathering?

Perhaps, but I can’t see myself doing it unless absolutely necessary.

52.     Would you “buy on credit” with the hope that you can keep up the payments?

Like you wouldn’t even know.

53.     Do you get an after-reaction when something unexpected such as an accident or other disturbing incident takes place?

No more than a comment on the situation.

54.     Do you consider the good of all concerned rather than your own personal advantages?


55.     When hearing a lecturer, do you sometimes experience the idea that the speaker is referring entirely to you?

Yes. That means he’s a good speaker.

56.     Does “external noise” rarely interfere with your concentration?

Depending on the quality of noise. I’m very sensitive to anything aural, especially if there is musical content to it.

57.     Are you usually “up-to-date” on everyday affairs?


58.     Can you confidently plan and work towards carrying out an event in six months time?


59.     Do you consider the modern “prisons without bars” system doomed to failure?

No. I've not considered the matter sufficiently enough to make a call.

60.     Do you tend to be careless?

I don’t think so.

61.     Do you ever get a “dreamlike” feeling toward life when it all seems unreal?

Yes. That means I’m either on drugs, or need to go to sleep.

62.     Do you speedily recover from the effects of bad news?


63.     When you criticize - do you at the same time try to encourage?

Criticism is in itself an encouragement for improvement. I offer no less than constructive criticism, and consider any additional encouragement unnecessary.

64.     Are you normally considered “cold”?

Yes, I’m pretty sure.

65.     Are your opinions insufficiently important to tell other people?

I don’t think so, but they are my opinions, so I’m a bit biased there.

66.     Are you so self-assured that it sometimes annoys others?

Probably. Ask others.

67.     Do you keep “close contact” on articles of yours which you have loaned to friends?

Periodically. I guess that’s a no.

68.     Do you enjoy activities of your own choosing?

Depends on what there is to choose from.

69.     Does emotional music have quite an effect on you?

I'd say so.

70.     Do you completely condemn a person because he is a rival or opponent in some aspect of your relations with him?

Never. I believe rivals are there to be admired, not condemned. A rival respected by self is the only kind worth having.

71.     Do you often “sit and think” about death, sickness, pain and sorrow?

No. I’m congnizant of their existence, and I am aware that they may come at any moment. There is no need to further ponder over them.

72.     Are you perturbed at the idea of loss of dignity?

I doubt anyone can say “no” to this question and be entirely honest, but I’d like to.

73.     Are you always collecting things which “might be useful”?

Yes. I need to stop doing that...

74.     Would you criticize faults and point out the bad points on someone else’s character or handiwork?

Absolutely. Moreover, that is exactly what I want to hear from others about my character or handiwork.

75.     Are you openly appreciative of beautiful things?

Upon encountering something beautiful, I'm liable to go into a discussion of the Platonic meaning of beauty.

76.     Do you sometimes give away articles which strictly speaking do not belong to you?

No. I may allow someone to borrow them under my limited authority to do so.

77.     Do you greet people effusively?

With a few exceptions, it goes something like: “What’s up?” <answer> “How you been?” <answer> “Cool.”

78.     Do you often ponder on previous misfortunes?

Not unless something comes up to remind me of them.

79.     Are you sometimes considered forceful in your actions or opinions?


80.     Do you accept criticism easily and without resentment?

Constructive criticism, yes. Criticism along the lines of “you suck,” no. However, rather than demonstrating resentment, I usually engage in a discussion of what begets that type of emotion.

81.     Are you usually undisturbed by “noises off” when you are trying to rest?


82.     Are you likely to be jealous?

No. Jealousy is an unreasonable, illogical emotion, based on insecurity.

83.     Do you tend to put off doing things and then discover it is too late?

YEAH! I love doing that! Well, not really, but one may think that I love doing that, since I do it so often.

84.     Do you prefer to abide by the wishes of others rather than seek to have your own way?

Not really, in most cases I’d rather have my own way - that depends on my level of authority in a given situation. I would prefer to compromise, though.

85.     Do you find it easy to get yourself started on a project?

Depending on how much I know about the project and how interested I am in it.

86.     Do you bite your fingernails or chew the end of your pencil?


87.     Do you “turn up the volume” of your emotions just to create an effect?

When an effect is necessary, yes. But I seldom do it to create a negative effect.

88.     If we were invading another country, would you feel sympathetic towards conscientious objectors in this country?

Yes. But why the hell would I be invading the country in the first place?

89.     Are there some things about yourself on which you are touchy?

A few.

90.     Do you have few interests and activities that are your own choice?

Actually, all my interests and activities are my own choice.

91.     Do you ever get a single thought which hangs around for days?

Hardly ever, but I can’t say that it has never happened or won’t happen again.

92.     Are you a slow eater?

No, I’m a fast eater.

93.     Can you be a stabilizing influence when others get panicky?


94.     Would you stop and find out whether a person needed help even though they had not directly asked you for it?


95.     Are you prejudiced in favor of your own school, college, club or team, etc.?

No. Pure affiliation dictates no truthful value as to whether such prejudice is warranted.

96.     Do you pay your debts and keep your promises when it is possible?


97.     Do you sleep well?

After I fall asleep, very well.

98.     Would you use corporal punishment on a child aged ten if it refused to obey you?


99.     Do you prefer to take a passive role in any club or organization to which you belong?


100.    Are you logical and scientific in your thinking?

Always. No other way to go about it. However, scientific first, logical next.

101.    Does the youth of today have more opportunity than that of a generation ago?

I’m too biased to answer this question.

102.    Do you throw things away only to discover that you need them later?

It’s been known to happen.

103.    Would you give up easily on a given course if it were causing you a considerable amount of inconvenience?

Doubt it.  I’d get used to it.

104.    Do you “wax enthusiastic” about only a few subjects?

Very few.

105.    Do you rarely suspect the actions of others?

Others with whom I’m not very familiar, I suspect their actions all the time.

106.    Do you sometimes wonder if anyone really cares about you?

Shouldn't matter or affect one's actions. Since there is no true way of knowing with 100% certainty, there's no real incentive to figure it out.

107.    Do you turn down responsibility because you doubt your fitness to cope?

No, that cannot ever be a reason to turn down responsibility.

108.    Do you sometimes feel compelled to repeat some interesting item or tidbit?


109.    Do you tend to exaggerate a justifiable grievance?


110.    Is your facial expression varied rather than set?

I don’t know, I can’t see my face all the time.

111.    Do you usually need to justify or back up an opinion once stated?


112.    Do you openly and sincerely admire beauty in other people?


113.    Would it take a definite effort on your part to consider the subject of suicide?

To consider, little effort. I don't suppose I'll go through with something like that any time soon, though.

114.    Would you consider yourself energetic in your attitude toward life?

Not at all.

115.    Would a disagreement affect your general relationship with another person?

Doubtful.  Unless the disagreement alters the relationship irreparably, no.

116.    Does a minor failure on your part rarely trouble you?

All of my failures trouble me, but for a short time period.

117.    Do you sometimes feel that you talk too much?

I get carried away sometimes, yes. Drugs tend to do that.

118.    Do you smile much?

It’s subconscious, I don’t keep track. I smirk a lot though.

119.    Are you easily pleased?

Depends on what is designated to please me.

120.    When met with direct opposition would you still seek to have your own way rather than give in?

The first step is always to seek one’s own way.

121.          Provided the distance were not too great, would you still prefer to ride rather than walk?

Depends on the mood, usually I’d ride. Depends on how nice it is outside, how scenic the walking trip would be, etc.

122.    Do you ever get disturbed by the noise of the wind or a “house settling down”?

Make it loud enough, anyone will get disturbed.

123.    Is your opinion influenced by looking at things from the standpoint of your experiences, occupation or training?


124.    Do you often make tactless blunders?

It’s been known to happen.

125.    Are you suspicious of people who ask to borrow money from you?

Only if they borrow a large amount.

126.    Are your decisions swayed by personal interests?

Usually, if the decision has anything to do with me.

127.    Can you get quite enthusiastic over “some simple little thing”?


128.    Do you frequently take action even though you know your own good judgment would indicate otherwise?

Not frequently, but it does happen quite a bit.

129.    Are you in favor of color bar and class distinction?

Not really.

130.    Are you aware of any habitual physical mannerisms such as pulling your hair, nose, ears, or such like?


131.    Can you quickly adapt and make use of new conditions and situations even though they may be difficult?


132.    Do some noises “set your teeth on edge”?


133.    Can you see the other fellow’s point of view when you wish to?

Always wish to, always do.

134.    Do you go to bed when you want to, rather than “by the clock”?

Yes. What’s the point of going to bed by the clock if I’m just going to spend hours lying awake?

135.    Do the “petty foibles” of others make you impatient?

Some foibles can be quite annoying.

136.    Do children irritate you?

Only the irritating ones.

137.    Are you less talkative than your associates?


138.    Do you usually carry out assignments promptly and systematically?


139.    Would you assist a fellow traveler rather than leave it to the officials?

If it’s not too much trouble.

140.    When voting, do you vote the same party ticket straight rather than studying the candidates and issues?

No, I would never vote for everyone of the same party just because they are from that party. But I don't favor issue politics, each person's world view is what's important in such a selection.

141.    Do you frequently dwell on your past illnesses or painful experiences?

Hardly ever.

142.    Do you get very ill at ease in disordered surroundings?

Not normally.

143.    Do you usually criticize a film or show that you see or a book that you read?

When I see a point to criticize, I consider bringing it up.

144.    When recounting some amusing incident can you easily imitate the mannerisms or the dialect in the original incident?


145.    In subjects about which you are not expert, are your own ideas of sufficient importance as to tell others?

Just to see what they think. It’s more of an attempt to gain more knowledge of the matter.

146.    Do you have a tendency to tidy up a disorder of somebody else’s household?


147.    Can you accept defeat easily without the necessity of “swallowing your disappointment”?


148.    Do you often feel depressed?

Depression is overrated.

149.    Are you ever ill at ease in the company of children?

Unless the children are excessively young, or early high school age, no.

150.    Do you get frustrated at not being able to do something rather than finding a substitute activity or system?

Usually, if the original activity was of any importance to me.

151.    Are you sometimes completely unable to enter the spirit of things?

These thing happen.

152.    Do you rarely express your grievances?

Almost never.  Only if it comes up in conversation.

153.    Do you work in “spurts,” being relatively inactive and then furiously active for a day or two?


154.    Does the number of uncompleted jobs you have on hand bother you?


155.    Do people enjoy being in your company?

I do, but you can’t really go by that. Ask people.

156.    Could you allow someone to finish those “final two words” in a crossword puzzle without interfering?


157.    Do you consider the best points of most people and only rarely speak slightingly of them?

p class=MsoBodyText>I tend to look for the best in people, which is quite the opposite of what I do with most other things. However, I won’t bring up their best points unless they come up in conversation, or if I’m overly impressed by those best points.

158.    Do you laugh or smile quite readily?

I don’t think so, but again, that’s probably not for me to judge.

159.    Are you definite and emphatic in voice and manner?

I try to be, don’t know how well it works.

160.    Are you effusive only to close friends if at all?

To those who want to listen I will be effusive.

161.    Are your interests and fields of knowledge so important as to give little time for anything else?


162.    Would you like to “start a new activity” in the area in which you live?

Only if it is a meaningful activity.

163.    Would you make the necessary actions to kill an animal in order to put it out of pain?


164.    Is it easy for you to relax?

I don’t enjoy relaxation unless I’m tired. Meditation, especially the guided kind, makes me ill.

165.    Do you have little regret on past misfortunes and failures?

If they don’t come back and haunt me, I don’t regret them at all.

166.    Does the idea of fear or apprehension give you a physical reaction?


167.    Can you trust the decision of your judgment in an emotional situation in which you are involved?


168.    Could someone else consider that you were really active?

If someone I don’t talk to much sampled my activity level and achievement level every six months or so, they would consider me really active.

169.    Do you find it hard to get started on a task that needs to be done?

Depends if it affects just me, or others as well.

170.    Are you opposed to the “probation system” for criminals?

I’m tempted to say “yes,” but then I think of the possibility of me being the criminal...

171.    Do you spend much time on needless worries?


172.    In a disagreement do you find it hard to understand how the other person fails to see your side, and thus agree with you?

I try to explain it so that the only reason he/she couldn’t see my side is because he/she is an obstinate asshole.

173.    Do you cope with everyday problems of living quite well?

Do I have a choice?

174.    Are you usually truthful to others?


175.    Would you rather “wait for something to happen” as opposed to you causing it?

I don’t enjoy waiting much, I’d rather make trouble than let someone else do it.

176.    Do you spend too freely in relation to your income?


177.    Can you take a “calculated risk” without too much worry?

Close your eyes and pray for the best, that’s how I roll.

178.    If you were involved in a slight car accident, would you take the trouble to see that any damage you did was made good?


179.    Do others push you around?

Not really.

180.    Do you make allowances for your friends where with others you might judge more severely?

Only if my friends have special priveledges.

181.    Do you often ponder over your own inferiority?

Very seldom.

182.    Do people criticize you to others?

I think so.  I hope they do.

183.    Are you embarrassed by a hearty greeting such as a kiss, hug, or pat on the back, if done in public?


184.    Do you frequently not do something you want to do because of other people’s desires?

It’s been known to happen.

185.    Are you sometimes convinced of the correctness of your opinions about a subject even though you are not an expert?

Yes. Many experts out there are flukes

186.    Do you often find yourself “going off in all directions at once”?

I do, but I always keep track of where I originally came from. Nothing is more satisfying than rejoining the circle after going off on a tangent for a while.

187.    Do your acquaintances seem to think more of your abilities than you do?


188.    Is the idea of death or even reminders of death abhorrent to you?

Not at all. I believe that by virtue of being human, we can achieve immortality in terms of achievements.

189.          Having settled an argument out, do you continue to feel disgruntled for a while?

Not usually.

190.    Are you friendly in voice, attitude, and expression?

I don’t think so, but so long as I am not hostile in voice, attitude, and expression, it’s all good.

191.    Does life seem rather vague and unreal to you?

No. I judge life by the generating principle of action.

192.    Do you often feel upset about the fate of war victims and political refugees?


193.    Do “mere acquaintances” appeal to you for aid or advice in their personal difficulties?

Some do.

194.    If you lose an article, do you get the idea that “someone must have stolen or mislaid it?”

No, I get the idea that “I must have mislaid it.”

195.    If you thought that someone was suspicious of you and your actions, would you tackle them on the subject rather than leaving them to work it out?

I wouldn’t really care, sounds more like their concern.

196.    Do you sometimes feel that your age is against you (too young or too old)?


197.    Do you have spells of being sad and depressed for no apparent reason?

I call it boredom.

198.    Do you do much grumbling about conditions you have to face in life?

Only when others do.

199.    Do you tend to hide your feelings?

Not so much hide as not reveal.

200.    Do you consider you have many warm friends?

All the people I know have about the same body temperature.

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