A Review of the Principles You Character Assessment. Did it catch our autistic traits?

Disclaimer: This is an independent unsponsored review of the Principles You character assessment.

Personality tests, character assessments, and communication style analyzers are commonly available online. To date, we participated in StrengthFinders, DISC, Myers Briggs, and a few others. Whenever we take these tests we score differently. We are diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder which is the reason we score differently when participating in assessments. Our scores vary depending upon who is fronting that day and our primary host. For example, 20 of us took the 16 personalities test and none of us had the same balance of traits. This variation makes it difficult to assess if these tests really tell who we are.

Another factor that influences the results is that we are autistic. The character assessments do not take into consideration learning difficulties, auditory processing disorders, dysgraphia, cognitive delays, or sensory processing disorder. We want to find an insightful assessment that increases our self-awareness by speaking to our innate traits. Finally, we feel we found the right assessment to check all of our boxes.

Taking the Test

We stumbled upon the Principles You assessment after reading a news article on Google. The test is 30-45mins and free. We jumped on the opportunity to try it out!

The first noticeable element was the formatting. A question is posed followed by a scale of strongly agree to strongly disagree. We began to answer the questions and within the first 30 questions, there was a pause for results. This was a pleasant surprise! Normally, you wait until the end of the assessment to receive results. It can be taxing and feel tedious to spend 40 minutes answering questions, so this break with details was refreshing. Also, this taste of data helped us stay motivated during the test.

At the end of the 40mins, there was a detailed summary of traits provided. You are given two options, view results and they are not saved or create an account to save your results. If you anticipate revisiting your assessment data, we recommend making the account. Otherwise, you will need to retake the assessment and receive new results.

The Results

In the past, we participated in assessments that were somewhat accurate. However, this test blew those out of the water! We will analyze the sections of information that are most applicable to this review. Please note that we did not include our entire report nor list any test-specific details.

Section I

Cognitive Traits

  1. Creative 64%

  2. Original 85%

  3. Non-conforming 79%

  4. Curious 14%

Particularly interesting was the definition of Curious; you have a preference for familiar and known. You do not seek out the unknown or unfamiliar.

This is a strong piece of autism. Routine is vital to our emotional stability. This is a common autistic trait. In the past, assessments have not captured this element and instead say we are curious and adventurous. So it was surprising to see a realistic outcome on this element as it relates to autism.

Regarding Original, it stated you have a strong preference to seek novelty and discover new ideas and methods. This is not just an autistic trait, but a product of having physical and mental health struggles. You must learn to adapt and create new ways of doing things to be successful. We are successful in life being autistic and a system because we value originality.

Lastly, our non-conforming manner is a byproduct of self-advocating for equal treatment and access. Being a part of marginalized groups tends to lead to non-conforming ideas and a passion to make a change.

The assessment is capturing our neurodiversity surprisingly well. Next, we have...

  1. Deliberative

  2. Logical 92%

  3. Systematic 95%

  4. Impartial 95%

We rely on logic to make decisions and are not easily swayed by emotion. We have the ability to remain objective and impartial in most situations. Even in circumstances that may warrant a biased opinion, we just can't. Objectivity is one of our core values. Autism is a spectrum and is different for everyone. However, this element of the test resonated with us.

Section II

Interpersonal Traits

  1. Extraverted 1%

We are 99% introverted. Most of us stay away from interpersonal interactions which account for our low score. Another part of our cautious nature is trauma-based. We avoid people and therefore minimize danger. We attribute this score to our autism and mental health status. Again, we find other assessments do not capture this piece of our personality accurately. In fact, we have been assumed extraverted in some circles based on these inaccurate tests.

Section III

Motivational Traits

  1. Autonomous 97%

We are independent at work, school, and in our personal life. Working alone is the best way to guarantee productivity. Also, we maneuver work tasks so we understand the information. If you saw our note-taking system, you would be confused about how we completed the task. Our mind does not reach point A to point B like a neurotypical person. We may start at Z and jump to J to reach the desired results. Therefore, autonomy is a key characteristic of our functionality. This is the first time we read a description on a character assessment and it pinpointed a trait caused by years of adapting information to our autistic brain. We exercise our autonomy to ensure our success and to thrive in life.


The Principles You assessment is free and gives insightful results. We felt it captured our neurodiversity in stark contrast to other analyzers. We plan to use this data in professional and educational settings to help others understand our autistic system. If you decide to take the assessment, we encourage you to note any unique traits to your neurodiverse status it includes. You may be surprised at what you find!

Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Principles You Website: https://principlesyou.com/

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