Personality Testing Reviews for Gemetrics

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At a Glance

Editor's Rating:
5 out of 5 stars
Customer Service:
5 out of 5 stars
Clarity of Results:
5 out of 5 stars
References Cited:
3 out of 5 stars
Value for Money:
5 out of 5 stars

Summary

I would strongly recommend the Gemetrics test to anyone who wants to know themselves better. Even though my three results in isolation didn’t always seem right, the overall analysis was extremely accurate, reflecting my strengths and the weaknesses I’ve had to compensate for.

It was a shame that the scientific sources weren’t cited, and I would have been interested to see how the eight personality types were put together.

All in all, I felt the T-shirt and report from Gemetrics were great value for money and would make a great gift.

Full Review

Gemetrics were offering a DNA-based personality test that would reveal my personality type, and I’d receive a customised T-shirt to display it! I have to admit that the geek in me loves this idea, and I was fascinated to see which personality type my DNA lends itself toward.

Product Expectations

The Gemetrics website explained that three neurotransmitters (Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin) influence our core personality. I learned that by analysing genes related to these transmitters, Gemetrics can predict my personality type. Eight different personality types had been charted, each one based on the genetic variations I possess (see below):

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The eight different personality types.

The eight different personality types.

On another page, a detailed description of these personality types was given (see below):

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Descriptions of each personality type.

Descriptions of each personality type.

It was great to see such clear descriptions, especially as most genetic test results can be a bit dry. It was also good to see how much effort had gone into the logos – most genetic testing companies have a blind spot when it comes to design. It would have been interesting to read a bit more about how these eight personality types were derived, but I couldn’t find any details on the site.

Ordering Experience

The ordering experience was fantastic. It was really simple to order and the shipping cost was low (I ordered from the UK). Most refreshing of all, I didn’t have to wait for a sample collection kit to be mailed to me. All I had to do was print an order form, lick the blank space indicated (to provide a saliva sample) and pop the form in the post.

The Results

A few weeks later I received my T-shirt in the post and was emailed an eight page PDF report. The analysis of my DNA showed I was a ‘Visionary’, and having reviewed the eight personality types, I have to admit that this was the type I most identified with, although I would have been happy with ‘Director’ or ‘Inventor’ too.

The T-shirt was a perfect fit, very comfortable, and looked exactly as shown on the site (see below):

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How the Visionary T-shirt was shown on the site.

How the Visionary T-shirt was shown on the site.

From reading the PDF, I learned that serotonin affects our well-being and happiness, that oxytocin affects how empathetic we are to others, and that dopamine influences our desire to seek out new sensations and experiences.

The report went on to look at my result for each gene. For serotonin – the gene SLC6A4 – I learned that I had the ‘long’ version of this gene which made me ‘Practical’, and that other people who possess this gene tend not to respond strongly to emotional changes in their lives. I have to say that I haven’t found this to be the case, and numerous examples of strong emotional reactions come to mind. I was also curious to know if I carried one or two copies of the long version, but this info wasn’t shown. My serotonin result is shown below:

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My serotonin result.

My serotonin result.

For dopamine – the gene DRD4 – I’d been classified as a ‘Builder’ as I have the 7R- version of this gene. Those who possess this version tend to be more risk averse and less extroverted and impulsive. It went on to say that this version should make me more sensible and that I should exhibit good judgement. Again, I have to say that this doesn’t line up with my personal experience!

For oxytocin – the gene OXTR – I’d been deemed a ‘Thinker’ because I carry the ‘A’ version of this gene. I learned that those who possess this variation tend to have more difficulty interpreting other people’s emotions. On the flip side, I learned that this can be beneficial for those in stressful jobs as they’re able to make quicker decisions. Although I work hard to be perceptive when it comes to people, I have to say that this result is spot on for me.

The next section of the report went on to explain what it means to be a genetic visionary, the personality type derived from my three results described above. A visionary is eternally optimistic, has high ideals, and is someone who wants to make a difference. I have to say that as the person who started this website, this describes me exactly!

Apparently the combination of my serotonin, dopamine and oxytocin results makes me practical, hard-working, decisive, and causes me not to worry too much about what other people think of me. The report went on to say that genetic visionaries tend to work in advertising and the film industry which is uncanny as I spent the first 10 years of my career in online marketing!

Summary

I would strongly recommend the Gemetrics test to anyone who wants to know themselves better. Even though my three results in isolation didn’t always seem right, the overall analysis was extremely accurate, reflecting my strengths and the weaknesses I’ve had to compensate for.

It was a shame that the scientific sources weren’t cited, and I would have been interested to see how the eight personality types were put together.

All in all, I felt the T-shirt and report from Gemetrics were great value for money and would make a great gift.

Please note that we were invited to take this test free of charge.

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