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Teresa Lisbon Personality Statistics

Teresa Lisbon is a character from The Mentalist. 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
loyal (not traitorous)91.41329.327
diligent (not lazy)90.916910.225
persistent (not quitter)90.919112.937
workaholic (not slacker)90.511116.033
competent (not incompetent)89.613912.237
knowledgeable (not ignorant)88.811311.718
practical (not imaginative)88.52611.126
mature (not juvenile)88.35511.726
pro (not noob)87.517413.044
🌟 (not 💩)87.111813.442
reasonable (not deranged)86.73714.250
civilized (not barbaric)86.512310.128
heroic (not villainous)86.419611.523
egalitarian (not racist)86.120812.950
proper (not scandalous)85.94312.321
direct (not roundabout)85.311915.930
sturdy (not flimsy)84.813510.116
high IQ (not low IQ)84.632812.527
works hard (not plays hard)84.413218.930
beautiful (not ugly)84.433518.532
permanent (not transient)84.31918.220
feminist (not sexist)84.220413.549
self-disciplined (not disorganized)84.127921.028
sheriff (not outlaw)83.59123.330
realist (not idealist)83.33921.643
go-getter (not slugabed)83.325016.440
🤠 (not 🤑)83.35914.329
scientific (not artistic)82.912111.518
resourceful (not helpless)82.835218.535
valedictorian (not drop out)82.825023.730
attractive (not repulsive)82.428116.938
studious (not goof-off)82.427419.946
healthy (not sickly)82.020515.640
rational (not whimsical)81.912317.024
perceptive (not unobservant)81.939418.521
alpha (not beta)81.827216.928
treasure (not trash)81.729522.155
private (not gregarious)81.611217.629
important (not irrelevant)81.338122.243
sane (not crazy)81.34417.240
modest (not flamboyant)81.28819.324
tense (not relaxed)81.127512.821
guarded (not open)80.92749.516
strict (not lenient)80.916016.322
active (not slothful)80.838017.227
captain (not first-mate)80.820924.839
loveable (not punchable)80.816217.515
confidential (not gossiping)80.624920.434
soulful (not soulless)80.333412.723
orderly (not chaotic)80.215521.928
conventional (not creative)80.08217.144
kind (not cruel)80.035619.321
armoured (not vulnerable)80.017012.315
factual (not poetic)80.010117.419
down2earth (not head@clouds)79.812127.116
coordinated (not clumsy)79.834023.225
well behaved (not mischievous)79.88720.632
fresh (not stinky)79.627023.058
altruistic (not selfish)79.515618.951
serious (not playful)79.327013.224
human (not animalistic)79.028320.343
respectful (not rude)78.921920.440
utilitarian (not decorative)78.912016.830
tactful (not indiscreet)78.911619.837
driven (not unambitious)78.861725.930
deliberate (not spontaneous)78.428122.742
honorable (not cunning)78.317219.948
resolute (not wavering)78.020017.351
concrete (not abstract)77.910224.239
consistent (not variable)77.913221.020
hoarder (not unprepared)77.77622.315
assertive (not passive)77.641719.126
prestigious (not disreputable)77.622224.119
reserved (not chatty)77.415917.521
official (not backdoor)77.38822.931
literal (not metaphorical)77.29115.424
neat (not messy)77.031019.141
statist (not anarchist)77.07518.532
penny-pincher (not overspender)76.88311.927
legit (not scrub)76.536628.032
real (not philosophical)76.215126.936
nurturing (not poisonous)76.229924.123
thick-skinned (not sensitive)76.113618.726
sensible (not ludicrous)76.122515.332
disarming (not creepy)76.027816.328
objective (not subjective)76.02622.022
tight (not loose)75.930213.513
believable (not poorly-written)75.942320.025
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)75.76620.641
🧗 (not 🛌)75.729729.443
wise (not foolish)75.623021.231
bossy (not meek)75.647017.527
🤺 (not 🏌)75.636523.039
intense (not lighthearted)75.640025.615
reliable (not experimental)75.420721.620
triggered (not trolling)75.412812.710
genius (not dunce)75.333617.043
no-nonsense (not dramatic)75.313926.826
scheduled (not spontaneous)75.233325.028
corporate (not freelance)75.016721.010
independent (not codependent)74.834524.225
😊 (not 🤣)74.820521.739
presidential (not folksy)74.721910.614
fast (not slow)74.634324.920
Italian (not Swedish)74.516425.811
efficient (not overprepared)74.518517.311
precise (not vague)74.431816.924
basic (not hipster)74.223319.719
dominant (not submissive)73.850216.931
emancipated (not enslaved)73.629522.031
charismatic (not uninspiring)73.551621.933
street-smart (not sheltered)72.941023.014
hunter (not gatherer)72.734121.914
alert (not oblivious)72.644727.450
mighty (not puny)72.547023.728
resistant (not resigned)72.538022.825
sober (not indulgent)72.214623.332
linear (not circular)72.28719.99
tasteful (not lewd)72.133821.618
methodical (not astonishing)72.028323.431
deep (not shallow)72.032222.456
patriotic (not unpatriotic)71.837824.834
stoic (not expressive)71.717414.624
French (not Russian)71.620327.110
inspiring (not cringeworthy)71.530123.537
minimalist (not pack rat)71.515722.037
📈 (not 📉)71.423523.240
straightforward (not cryptic)71.334132.926
formal (not intimate)71.223923.333
wholesome (not salacious)70.834026.325
😇 (not 😈)70.830521.139
vanilla (not kinky)70.723117.518
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)70.68528.214
focused on the present (not focused on the future)70.415919.438
🧢 (not 🎩)70.327624.746
work-first (not family-first)70.235820.132
confident (not insecure)70.253224.930
🐩 (not 🐒)70.127925.541
master (not apprentice)70.052925.735
cautious (not impulsive)69.927116.527
normal (not weird)69.715124.428
angelic (not demonic)69.738020.126
straight (not queer)69.769930.421
enlightened (not lost)69.519823.113
demure (not vain)69.420623.823
urban (not rural)69.150721.231
pure (not debased)68.934027.018
traditional (not unorthodox)68.923223.018
humble (not arrogant)68.826523.724
decisive (not hesitant)68.858020.429
vegan (not cannibal)68.628724.212
English (not German)68.666729.09
hurried (not leisurely)68.426128.433
frenzied (not sleepy)68.462318.415
forgiving (not vengeful)68.432420.829
frugal (not lavish)68.232920.731
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)68.257924.837
introspective (not not introspective)68.138326.042
low self esteem (not narcissistic)68.117120.318
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)68.032522.121
equitable (not hypocritical)68.031624.330
🤔 (not 🤫)67.825830.540
young (not old)67.755121.224
interesting (not tiresome)67.754820.231
💝 (not 💔)67.728228.938
regular (not zany)67.613821.134
eloquent (not unpolished)67.451322.818
bold (not shy)67.287619.324
involved (not remote)66.957824.620
pessimistic (not optimistic)66.630317.932
hard (not soft)66.346120.918
thin (not thick)66.041928.024
🧠 (not 💪)65.762226.551
monochrome (not multicolored)65.531426.327
🤖 (not 👻)65.426321.540
suspicious (not awkward)65.358027.025
curious (not apathetic)65.258521.218
hard (not soft)65.048127.133
modern (not historical)64.742923.628
manicured (not scruffy)64.764726.715
scholarly (not crafty)64.525928.341
moderate (not extreme)64.220525.829
refined (not rugged)64.152328.133
ranged (not melee)64.027719.817
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)64.024930.815
child free (not pronatalist)63.854727.925
🧐 (not 😎)63.831625.945
chaste (not lustful)63.627624.926
complimentary (not insulting)63.644726.327
gendered (not androgynous)63.598026.138
builder (not explorer)63.434329.319
western (not eastern)63.446831.225
rigid (not flexible)63.343818.927
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)63.367630.841
Greek (not Roman)63.310832.010
feisty (not gracious)63.267924.121
logical (not emotional)63.033026.431
offended (not chill)62.850118.325
purple (not orange)62.730930.126
off-key (not musical)62.638228.414
fortunate (not unlucky)62.532224.629
skeptical (not spiritual)62.472632.224
insider (not outsider)62.328027.122
judgemental (not accepting)62.346827.326
privileged (not oppressed)62.368521.613
politically correct (not edgy)62.131228.423
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)62.138830.257
brave (not careful)62.060528.725
flourishing (not traumatized)62.020727.220
unambiguous (not mysterious)61.945023.726
highbrow (not lowbrow)61.855822.611
secretive (not open-book)61.862525.818
dispassionate (not romantic)61.719225.220
fixable (not unfixable)61.751331.415
political (not nonpolitical)61.650225.019
short (not tall)61.534923.532
monastic (not hedonist)61.520522.526
serious (not bold)61.434327.734
obedient (not rebellious)61.431227.829
devout (not heathen)61.246627.518
claustrophobic (not spelunker)61.220226.79
quiet (not loud)61.140124.328
complicated (not simple)61.168323.920
morning lark (not night owl)61.128427.927
🐴 (not 🦄)60.848831.635
vibrant (not geriatric)60.572323.215
sorrowful (not cheery)60.458018.128
🤐 (not 😜)60.248128.030
humorless (not funny)60.131818.126
bright (not depressed)60.047022.331
classical (not avant-garde)59.953628.828
👽 (not 🤡)59.748326.426
reasoned (not instinctual)59.634832.033
rough (not smooth)59.643326.523
ferocious (not pacifist)59.565725.028
🥴 (not 🥳)59.549128.337
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)59.435828.120
nerd (not jock)59.363024.036
authoritarian (not democratic)58.944924.424
rhythmic (not stuttering)58.881426.321
🐮 (not 🐷)58.653130.023
stable (not moody)58.526826.430
anxious (not calm)58.462926.126
neurotypical (not autistic)58.393223.228
sarcastic (not genuine)58.348327.033
specialist (not generalist)58.361330.224
existentialist (not nihilist)58.262524.623
tame (not wild)58.138424.739
average (not deviant)57.531430.333
rich (not poor)57.467214.719
competitive (not cooperative)57.372833.829
libertarian (not socialist)57.154531.128
cool (not dorky)57.162123.632
blacksmith (not tailor)57.136325.911
🥰 (not 🙃)57.052932.826
reclusive (not social)56.944523.943
mathematical (not literary)56.736726.420
compersive (not jealous)56.548727.722
introvert (not extrovert)56.439232.622
proletariat (not bourgeoisie)56.356321.218
repetitive (not varied)56.366630.842
unassuming (not pretentious)56.338629.253
feminine (not masculine)56.247320.730
spicy (not mild)56.274325.435
🐘 (not 🐀)56.151831.741
💃 (not 🧕)56.173026.840
trusting (not charming)56.043726.422
😀 (not 😭)56.050023.947
fast-talking (not slow-talking)55.973926.515
preppy (not punk rock)55.768527.311
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)55.460328.046
sage (not whippersnapper)55.448831.514
technophile (not luddite)55.149429.221
self-improving (not self-destructive)54.849331.014
bitter (not sweet)54.759526.523
theist (not atheist)54.543533.321
trusting (not suspicious)54.247531.738
uncreative (not open to new experinces)54.029125.134
biased (not impartial)53.995225.723
mad (not glad)53.871023.435
mainstream (not arcane)53.745228.716
sad (not happy)53.774822.826
self-conscious (not self-assured)53.729431.526
theoretical (not empirical)53.633030.428
cold (not warm)53.654323.928
industrial (not domestic)53.663230.621
😏 (not 😬)53.666228.549
charming (not awkward)53.579724.326
bookish (not sporty)53.576630.832
obsessed (not aloof)53.388523.525
angry (not good-humored)53.254420.125
liberal (not conservative)53.179732.338
subdued (not exuberant)52.945326.013
high-tech (not low-tech)52.858026.825
miserable (not joyful)52.875619.634
sheeple (not conspiracist)52.632227.727
dry (not moist)52.659724.316
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)52.573531.942
patient (not impatient)52.343832.228
🐐 (not 🦒)52.388928.723
stylish (not slovenly)52.181726.232
warm (not quarrelsome)52.055923.727
👟 (not 🥾)51.863433.936
gloomy (not sunny)51.872223.013
communal (not individualist)51.746128.325
intellectual (not physical)51.682824.824
worldly (not innocent)51.692023.029
macho (not metrosexual)51.546925.012
giggling (not chortling)51.542019.313
'right-brained' (not 'left-brained')51.455533.719
provincial (not cosmopolitan)51.358427.635
extraordinary (not mundane)51.292225.533
🦇 (not 🐿)51.255333.137
shy (not playful)51.132619.519
close-minded (not open-minded)50.250127.720

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 Teresa Lisbon based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Chloe Decker (0.917)
  2. Kate Beckett (0.907)
  3. Dana Scully (0.885)
  4. Sara Sidle (0.858)
  5. Melinda Warner (0.853)
  1. Oscar Bluth (-0.681)
  2. Ziggy Sobotka (-0.648)
  3. Barney Gumble (-0.612)
  4. Homer Simpson (-0.604)
  5. George Oscar 'Gob' Bluth (-0.6)

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 = 0.86)
  2. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.82)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.75)
  4. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.74)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.73)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.72)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.68)
  8. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.66)
  9. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.64)
  10. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.6)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.58)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.57)
  13. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.54)
  14. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.48)
  15. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.41)
  16. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.41)
  17. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.4)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = 0.13)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.12)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.02)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.01)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.04)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.04)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.06)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.06)


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