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Sheldon Cooper Personality Statistics

Sheldon Cooper is a character from The Big Bang Theory. This page summarizes crowd sourced ratings of their personality collected from users of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz. People who take the quiz are asked if they would also be willing to volunteer to rate characters that they know. The ratings are made on a 100 point scale between two adjectives and then all averaged together into a composite. Because of the "law of large numbers" (a.k.a. wisdom of the crowds) this profile is very reliable. If you take one persons opinion of what a character is like and compare it to the opinion of another person about what that character is like, they could be very different. But if you compare the opinions of two groups, the difference gets smaller and smaller the larger the groups.

The table shows the average rating the character received for each trait in the survey. Because the questions are bipolar adjective pairs, they are reversible (i.e. a score of 25 on short<--->tall is the same as a score of 75 on tall<--->short). On this page, traits that had an average score below the midpoint have been reversed so they can be listed in order of most to least extreme for that character. The table also shows this character's relative rank on that trait compared to all other characters in the database. The standard deviation of ratings is shown, the basic idea here is that if the standard deviation is higher then that means there is less agreement between raters on that trait (the less agreement, the larger the sample size needed to get a reliable estimate). The number of raters is how many different individuals submitted a rating for that trait with this character; each rater rated only a random subset of traits for each character when they were surveyed.

TraitAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
bookish (not sporty)98.816.3347
scientific (not artistic)98.713.5456
intellectual (not physical)98.215.9441
nerd (not jock)97.848.2370
🧠 (not 💪)97.527.8131
high IQ (not low IQ)97.457.2327
skeptical (not spiritual)96.719.1480
neat (not messy)96.7211.1323
scheduled (not spontaneous)96.5313.3368
rigid (not flexible)96.039.6403
strict (not lenient)95.1611.4470
precise (not vague)95.1211.7312
self-disciplined (not disorganized)94.91712.4405
high-tech (not low-tech)94.71010.7378
valedictorian (not drop out)94.52014.7121
logical (not emotional)94.2113.2437
direct (not roundabout)93.8814.7358
scholarly (not crafty)93.8212.7451
diligent (not lazy)93.75811.1511
competitive (not cooperative)93.22812.1444
genius (not dunce)93.21013.3480
mathematical (not literary)93.2116.8390
literal (not metaphorical)93.2116.7429
judgemental (not accepting)93.12110.3311
sheltered (not street-smart)93.0212.5396
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)93.0117.7128
arrogant (not humble)92.72912.8440
bossy (not meek)92.63012.7355
workaholic (not slacker)92.63910.789
tense (not relaxed)91.82210.9444
driven (not unambitious)91.88313.7346
persistent (not quitter)91.811215.6121
work-first (not family-first)91.62814.4480
🤖 (not 👻)91.4112.4116
orderly (not chaotic)91.11320.4507
deliberate (not spontaneous)91.12120.0351
weird (not normal)90.92212.5489
manicured (not scruffy)90.57516.4448
chaste (not lustful)90.3415.9473
individualist (not communal)90.31614.383
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)90.11016.0344
master (not apprentice)90.16314.3174
awkward (not charming)89.7817.2444
careful (not brave)89.7116.6461
tall (not short)89.62311.5376
studious (not goof-off)89.65416.8106
formal (not intimate)88.81221.4237
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)88.63521.6136
sheriff (not outlaw)88.42520.2413
pretentious (not unassuming)88.42520.9125
extreme (not moderate)88.26920.3350
impatient (not patient)88.24717.6173
reclusive (not social)87.62115.9234
quarrelsome (not warm)87.57014.0355
repetitive (not varied)87.3320.6182
methodical (not astonishing)87.11323.7361
cautious (not impulsive)86.91324.1460
complicated (not simple)86.44723.8339
technophile (not luddite)86.33323.5382
official (not backdoor)86.31121.1430
atheist (not theist)86.31825.5104
anxious (not calm)86.24318.5378
dorky (not cool)85.82321.9110
authoritarian (not democratic)85.56422.1370
extraordinary (not mundane)85.58521.4379
close-minded (not open-minded)85.53719.8466
🤔 (not 🤫)85.5722.389
important (not irrelevant)84.817420.5211
reasoned (not instinctual)84.71028.5395
👽 (not 🤡)84.71119.6119
permanent (not transient)84.51920.9163
insulting (not complimentary)84.55615.2102
selfish (not altruistic)84.39619.0397
serious (not bold)84.11324.2402
hoarder (not unprepared)84.1818.9372
works hard (not plays hard)84.012621.8401
zany (not regular)83.85620.6110
rational (not whimsical)83.77027.0377
serious (not playful)83.314120.1404
introvert (not extrovert)83.33323.9408
cold (not warm)83.28216.9356
vanilla (not kinky)82.93526.4404
uncreative (not open to new experinces)82.82222.1418
obsessed (not aloof)82.66226.9391
arcane (not mainstream)82.35525.4366
prestigious (not disreputable)81.810322.0339
🛌 (not 🧗)81.82624.7211
🧐 (not 😎)81.73026.9104
guarded (not open)81.619026.3356
vengeful (not forgiving)81.513820.3435
practical (not imaginative)80.911730.1360
competent (not incompetent)80.932223.8329
proper (not scandalous)80.87927.2422
resistant (not resigned)80.77925.9346
specialist (not generalist)80.74026.193
refined (not rugged)80.713224.3459
sober (not indulgent)80.33526.9348
highbrow (not lowbrow)80.37322.1326
self-assured (not self-conscious)80.316427.8341
treasure (not trash)80.028726.7113
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)79.810820.4130
thin (not thick)79.45727.9293
resolute (not wavering)79.413627.3135
utilitarian (not decorative)79.39325.192
assertive (not passive)78.631126.5363
hurried (not leisurely)78.34724.5480
rude (not respectful)78.210719.7497
suspicious (not trusting)78.118527.1446
child free (not pronatalist)78.112728.3324
fresh (not stinky)78.020227.3188
legit (not scrub)77.724325.5165
📈 (not 📉)77.65926.4135
civilized (not barbaric)77.426727.2376
pessimistic (not optimistic)77.410423.4378
confident (not insecure)77.326329.0386
pro (not noob)77.332029.1132
dominant (not submissive)77.132126.7485
innocent (not worldly)76.54525.5447
morning lark (not night owl)76.26128.3305
straightforward (not cryptic)76.116233.2391
captain (not first-mate)76.119829.9442
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)76.015229.3372
feisty (not gracious)75.828323.7324
🎩 (not 🧢)75.720626.1101
🌟 (not 💩)75.532026.5123
private (not gregarious)75.219327.8394
monochrome (not multicolored)75.19931.184
tame (not wild)74.79029.2383
conspiracist (not sheeple)74.619427.6280
pure (not debased)74.516627.2378
awkward (not suspicious)74.48930.1359
concrete (not abstract)74.213233.7111
vain (not demure)74.119627.8328
unambiguous (not mysterious)73.912530.7470
penny-pincher (not overspender)73.611126.1203
frugal (not lavish)73.315826.0353
autistic (not neurotypical)73.11631.2390
😬 (not 😏)73.07927.1130
egalitarian (not racist)72.951924.1106
go-getter (not slugabed)72.843032.0108
🥴 (not 🥳)72.711629.6100
🧕 (not 💃)72.53827.2163
loyal (not traitorous)72.251728.6413
bright (not depressed)71.914225.4342
juvenile (not mature)71.618327.580
fortunate (not unlucky)71.111523.3421
🤠 (not 🤑)70.822627.8111
human (not animalistic)70.542330.6281
realist (not idealist)70.516936.4113
🐿 (not 🦇)70.420730.4115
deviant (not average)70.329729.4243
moody (not stable)70.234729.4449
provincial (not cosmopolitan)69.912729.3320
statist (not anarchist)69.816232.7177
🙃 (not 🥰)69.617632.0198
obedient (not rebellious)69.013832.2326
objective (not subjective)69.06636.388
biased (not impartial)68.636234.9385
fast (not slow)68.538730.4404
remote (not involved)68.44132.2393
decisive (not hesitant)68.345433.7373
unorthodox (not traditional)68.229035.176
poisonous (not nurturing)68.120220.5150
mild (not spicy)67.713933.4355
libertarian (not socialist)67.515031.0279
western (not eastern)67.419731.4175
slovenly (not stylish)67.213228.0389
rich (not poor)67.237618.0360
alpha (not beta)67.243132.7329
bitter (not sweet)67.127923.8381
bold (not shy)67.165531.0457
🦒 (not 🐐)67.02932.5211
🤺 (not 🏌)66.843433.3122
crazy (not sane)66.627030.799
soulless (not soulful)66.112629.3102
curious (not apathetic)66.041433.9443
theoretical (not empirical)65.93338.7387
codependent (not independent)65.817737.8494
stoic (not expressive)65.722134.7415
cringeworthy (not inspiring)65.721027.190
eloquent (not unpolished)65.642631.8310
conventional (not creative)65.322335.2436
resourceful (not helpless)65.265632.4101
mad (not glad)65.135127.1129
basic (not hipster)65.037032.3333
outsider (not insider)65.026839.0285
wise (not foolish)64.834028.9459
👟 (not 🥾)64.426135.9131
conservative (not liberal)63.817829.192
deranged (not reasonable)63.723632.6123
loud (not quiet)63.335531.6409
🐮 (not 🐷)63.322428.8164
hard (not soft)63.240132.3381
active (not slothful)62.967429.1339
puny (not mighty)62.613129.2329
classical (not avant-garde)61.537532.781
emancipated (not enslaved)61.348531.7356
sensitive (not thick-skinned)61.328134.6341
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')60.77041.1288
tasteful (not lewd)60.649530.3421
shy (not playful)60.513428.0358
flamboyant (not modest)60.233236.5450
trusting (not charming)59.922125.2361
miserable (not joyful)59.847125.8125
humorless (not funny)59.625930.6380
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)59.635033.2264
urban (not rural)59.555231.4202
focused on the future (not focused on the present)59.423432.3375
industrial (not domestic)59.036034.278
hard (not soft)58.745831.4104
alert (not oblivious)58.754934.8133
coordinated (not clumsy)58.558034.6394
jealous (not compersive)58.437633.3362
armoured (not vulnerable)58.252534.8366
young (not old)58.150224.7404
heathen (not devout)58.129836.9359
nonpolitical (not political)57.926434.5348
introspective (not not introspective)57.852735.9176
well behaved (not mischievous)57.732034.6394
angry (not good-humored)57.733726.1348
sexist (not feminist)57.726128.1158
🤐 (not 😜)57.741635.5111
cruel (not kind)57.522122.1400
rough (not smooth)57.234232.4350
creepy (not disarming)57.119927.8151
repulsive (not attractive)57.020125.1413
real (not philosophical)56.958140.3269
happy (not sad)56.826423.2366
beautiful (not ugly)56.670225.692
🐀 (not 🐘)56.336034.2209
dramatic (not no-nonsense)56.242339.9184
healthy (not sickly)56.068030.3389
sorrowful (not cheery)55.852025.9404
monastic (not hedonist)55.825531.881
existentialist (not nihilist)55.653037.264
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)55.636937.4190
head@clouds (not down2earth)55.435538.8384
😀 (not 😭)55.436231.4117
chatty (not reserved)55.344335.0464
🦄 (not 🐴)55.233638.8117
indiscreet (not tactful)55.024039.0121
genuine (not sarcastic)54.944839.2396
💝 (not 💔)54.442831.7199
straight (not queer)54.378333.9164
orange (not purple)54.240533.3318
wholesome (not salacious)54.049732.1110
builder (not explorer)53.843837.2462
confidential (not gossiping)53.760733.4489
patriotic (not unpatriotic)53.671233.3110
demonic (not angelic)53.437525.4368
feminine (not masculine)53.336623.2448
ludicrous (not sensible)53.336735.7401
shallow (not deep)53.330232.9127
cunning (not honorable)53.138131.8447
🐒 (not 🐩)53.140735.8101
hypocritical (not equitable)53.040035.169
androgynous (not gendered)52.87132.9152
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)52.838838.1120
pacifist (not ferocious)52.633833.5418
🤣 (not 😊)52.634532.8117
interesting (not tiresome)52.369134.8445
historical (not modern)51.840034.1296
politically correct (not edgy)51.538835.5373
uninspiring (not charismatic)51.420431.5298
minimalist (not pack rat)51.154334.4117
heroic (not villainous)51.072024.6460
country-bumpkin (not city-slicker)50.829830.3101
😇 (not 😈)50.750829.1116

Similar characters

The similarity between two characters can be calculated by taking the correlation between the lists of their traits. This produces a value from +1 to -1. With +1 implying that every trait one character is high on the other one is high on too, to an equal degree. And, -1 implying that if a character is high on specific trait, the other one is low on it. The 10 most and least similar characters to Sheldon Cooper based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Mycroft Holmes (0.747)
  2. Peter Gregory (0.723)
  3. Miranda Hobbes (0.717)
  4. Angela Martin (0.706)
  5. Preston Burke (0.691)
  1. Jason Mendoza (-0.533)
  2. Pumbaa (-0.477)
  3. Joey Tribbiani (-0.474)
  4. Barney Gumble (-0.466)
  5. Midge Pinciotti (-0.464)

Personality types

Personality types according to various systems can be derived from the character's traits. Profiles for a personality type were computed by averaging together all responses from people who took the test and reported a given personality type and then this composite was matched to each of those profiles as if it was its own character (as was done above). Listed closest to worst match.

  1. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.84)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.79)
  3. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.69)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.63)
  5. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.61)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.6)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.58)
  8. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.57)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.54)
  10. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.54)
  11. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.44)
  12. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.43)
  13. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.43)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.41)
  15. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.37)
  16. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.36)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.32)
  18. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.32)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.24)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.19)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.15)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.1)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.02)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.06)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.1)

Notes

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