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Nurse Mildred Ratched Personality Statistics

Nurse Mildred Ratched is a character from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. 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
serious (not playful)97.814.014
tight (not loose)97.315.478
rigid (not flexible)97.217.420
scheduled (not spontaneous)96.816.825
humorless (not funny)96.719.125
quarrelsome (not warm)95.968.724
hard (not soft)95.967.717
bitter (not sweet)95.667.518
intense (not lighthearted)95.688.479
conservative (not liberal)95.618.040
workaholic (not slacker)95.5197.422
persistent (not quitter)95.5348.436
suspicious (not trusting)95.476.426
close-minded (not open-minded)95.437.118
💩 (not 🌟)94.3710.034
dominant (not submissive)94.23515.425
punchable (not loveable)93.71911.065
bossy (not meek)93.62912.322
strict (not lenient)93.52011.724
dry (not moist)93.529.885
studious (not goof-off)93.42615.426
judgemental (not accepting)93.33112.523
soulless (not soulful)93.178.129
monochrome (not multicolored)92.9211.722
tense (not relaxed)92.52319.415
villainous (not heroic)92.52712.026
formal (not intimate)92.449.219
guarded (not open)92.22911.426
cruel (not kind)92.12613.326
uncreative (not open to new experinces)92.1410.821
coordinated (not clumsy)92.04711.012
driven (not unambitious)92.01109.131
practical (not imaginative)91.9915.223
scientific (not artistic)91.7188.813
angry (not good-humored)91.5129.915
🥴 (not 🥳)91.5211.831
self-disciplined (not disorganized)91.410010.225
cold (not warm)91.42815.519
work-first (not family-first)91.34716.431
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)91.2919.159
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)91.11011.621
vengeful (not forgiving)91.06114.520
biased (not impartial)91.01013.318
💔 (not 💝)91.0814.533
classical (not avant-garde)90.8313.717
sheriff (not outlaw)90.42122.141
alpha (not beta)90.48119.325
suspicious (not awkward)90.31011.524
bold (not shy)90.119610.623
deliberate (not spontaneous)90.04213.325
official (not backdoor)89.6620.423
pretentious (not unassuming)89.62118.944
skeptical (not spiritual)89.52114.528
chaste (not lustful)89.5710.917
concrete (not abstract)89.3513.046
methodical (not astonishing)89.2614.226
self-assured (not self-conscious)89.21618.629
factual (not poetic)89.2913.877
precise (not vague)89.13616.327
armoured (not vulnerable)88.92715.729
orderly (not chaotic)88.83216.221
neat (not messy)88.87119.942
narcissistic (not low self esteem)88.68216.386
miserable (not joyful)88.42916.656
dispassionate (not romantic)88.4620.491
conventional (not creative)88.31721.829
assertive (not passive)88.210620.938
bookish (not sporty)88.112513.431
sorrowful (not cheery)88.01918.721
resolute (not wavering)87.93619.554
🧐 (not 😎)87.8919.847
😈 (not 😇)87.86621.941
🦇 (not 🐿)87.81920.155
master (not apprentice)87.713820.740
corporate (not freelance)87.72824.389
penny-pincher (not overspender)87.6518.945
privileged (not oppressed)87.613922.487
utilitarian (not decorative)87.4139.617
arrogant (not humble)87.314013.215
🐴 (not 🦄)87.12420.948
sad (not happy)86.91712.325
hard (not soft)86.67317.629
authoritarian (not democratic)86.67124.915
gloomy (not sunny)86.45818.486
serious (not bold)86.41022.429
ferocious (not pacifist)86.310921.025
repetitive (not varied)86.2716.342
builder (not explorer)86.069.313
manicured (not scruffy)86.022020.125
🤐 (not 😜)85.91424.318
historical (not modern)85.83112.420
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)85.82620.140
unfixable (not fixable)85.83321.789
secretive (not open-book)85.812217.373
pessimistic (not optimistic)85.63617.116
diligent (not lazy)85.342013.418
🤺 (not 🏌)85.312123.239
direct (not roundabout)85.212022.428
decisive (not hesitant)85.014725.522
poisonous (not nurturing)84.99823.813
presidential (not folksy)84.86214.975
frugal (not lavish)84.72420.221
stoic (not expressive)84.63016.016
selfish (not altruistic)84.513124.828
traditional (not unorthodox)84.53724.726
sturdy (not flimsy)84.514019.673
cunning (not honorable)84.49521.8114
insulting (not complimentary)84.37820.330
mad (not glad)84.37424.741
hunter (not gatherer)84.313423.866
🙃 (not 🥰)83.85420.930
basic (not hipster)83.75320.026
offended (not chill)83.79125.084
linear (not circular)83.7725.782
sober (not indulgent)83.62128.418
salacious (not wholesome)83.59025.545
permanent (not transient)83.22720.222
deranged (not reasonable)83.27420.347
consistent (not variable)83.05021.468
vain (not demure)82.611522.917
works hard (not plays hard)82.220227.723
extreme (not moderate)82.023827.519
🤖 (not 👻)81.82328.234
trash (not treasure)81.74024.5103
rhythmic (not stuttering)81.616021.282
hypocritical (not equitable)81.67820.997
🧕 (not 💃)81.5624.831
debased (not pure)80.613724.421
pro (not noob)80.634322.456
demonic (not angelic)80.412718.321
valedictorian (not drop out)80.331427.335
modest (not flamboyant)79.911829.321
thick-skinned (not sensitive)79.97229.122
rough (not smooth)79.79027.426
rational (not whimsical)79.716929.733
obedient (not rebellious)79.76630.518
😭 (not 😀)79.73221.337
feisty (not gracious)79.626420.323
competitive (not cooperative)79.532628.015
cringeworthy (not inspiring)79.49019.524
😬 (not 😏)79.44628.134
preppy (not punk rock)79.320524.275
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)79.211729.454
rude (not respectful)79.113128.333
chortling (not giggling)79.18723.066
political (not nonpolitical)78.915418.217
active (not slothful)78.745518.312
resistant (not resigned)78.517027.4102
high IQ (not low IQ)78.551812.519
creepy (not disarming)78.46128.048
racist (not egalitarian)78.34122.335
reserved (not chatty)78.114424.813
repulsive (not attractive)78.16022.220
apathetic (not curious)77.91127.333
Roman (not Greek)77.92524.651
🎩 (not 🧢)77.825127.043
cannibal (not vegan)77.616825.485
captain (not first-mate)77.525928.722
reclusive (not social)77.511424.033
perceptive (not unobservant)77.553627.375
depressed (not bright)77.17219.826
private (not gregarious)77.020031.729
eloquent (not unpolished)77.032226.323
believable (not poorly-written)76.936923.371
obsessed (not aloof)76.521030.422
impatient (not patient)75.932230.126
logical (not emotional)75.613729.425
neurotypical (not autistic)75.533028.530
Russian (not French)75.46328.072
statist (not anarchist)75.310538.622
provincial (not cosmopolitan)75.210225.914
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)75.021532.441
uninspiring (not charismatic)74.93927.218
down2earth (not head@clouds)74.921939.114
alert (not oblivious)74.839934.835
no-nonsense (not dramatic)74.515533.221
mighty (not puny)74.442826.321
geriatric (not vibrant)74.35021.086
real (not philosophical)74.020925.525
🐩 (not 🐒)73.822732.530
independent (not codependent)73.737427.615
proper (not scandalous)73.622934.523
shallow (not deep)73.412429.1112
off-key (not musical)73.413928.175
tiresome (not interesting)73.35130.439
child free (not pronatalist)73.027532.824
confident (not insecure)72.747728.647
important (not irrelevant)72.567527.226
Swedish (not Italian)72.310025.154
resourceful (not helpless)72.170627.827
not introspective (not introspective)72.17831.229
🐀 (not 🐘)72.013032.329
straightforward (not cryptic)71.832432.821
slovenly (not stylish)71.713027.623
mathematical (not literary)71.413729.023
straight (not queer)71.266935.826
nihilist (not existentialist)71.24830.826
empirical (not theoretical)70.911233.333
crazy (not sane)70.830030.353
introvert (not extrovert)70.316829.923
subdued (not exuberant)70.110831.466
literal (not metaphorical)69.926231.444
sheltered (not street-smart)69.919429.218
frenzied (not sleepy)69.858024.376
🧙 (not 👨‍🚀)69.622532.723
normal (not weird)69.416026.421
macho (not metrosexual)69.319928.665
traitorous (not loyal)69.313935.920
western (not eastern)69.122637.227
patriotic (not unpatriotic)69.146430.745
focused on the present (not focused on the future)68.918731.634
deviant (not average)68.643838.121
complicated (not simple)68.550632.024
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)68.433332.426
highbrow (not lowbrow)68.338832.426
ludicrous (not sensible)68.124931.314
📉 (not 📈)67.96736.046
individualist (not communal)67.840137.618
hoarder (not unprepared)67.332233.122
dorky (not cool)67.229228.028
monastic (not hedonist)67.09937.029
conspiracist (not sheeple)66.948030.826
self-destructive (not self-improving)66.738128.671
go-getter (not slugabed)66.682734.234
old (not young)66.232522.521
claustrophobic (not spelunker)66.212430.960
mundane (not extraordinary)65.614131.026
triggered (not trolling)65.544635.872
morning lark (not night owl)65.421434.022
🐐 (not 🦒)65.338133.736
worldly (not innocent)65.067424.419
sarcastic (not genuine)65.038530.622
lost (not enlightened)64.837031.573
jealous (not compersive)64.735633.212
🐷 (not 🐮)64.617933.738
barbaric (not civilized)64.521933.828
hurried (not leisurely)64.536830.419
objective (not subjective)64.518136.021
German (not English)64.44634.371
traumatized (not flourishing)64.453431.472
luddite (not technophile)64.230433.326
competent (not incompetent)64.087132.620
🤑 (not 🤠)64.032729.142
minimalist (not pack rat)63.934530.635
masculine (not feminine)63.861228.135
genius (not dunce)63.166126.0103
stinky (not fresh)63.121334.240
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)63.030836.070
industrial (not domestic)62.837236.024
👽 (not 🤡)62.839934.938
theist (not atheist)62.726132.014
gendered (not androgynous)62.0103835.129
careful (not brave)61.623628.216
🤫 (not 🤔)61.616336.145
low-tech (not high-tech)60.847029.118
mature (not juvenile)60.856533.515
lewd (not tasteful)60.629337.223
devout (not heathen)60.449635.817
intellectual (not physical)60.269333.321
reliable (not experimental)60.254635.668
👟 (not 🥾)60.047538.446
realist (not idealist)59.947636.929
ugly (not beautiful)59.517634.632
scholarly (not crafty)59.335736.915
wise (not foolish)58.859830.930
ignorant (not knowledgeable)58.724933.174
spicy (not mild)58.270634.733
specialist (not generalist)57.964035.418
unambiguous (not mysterious)57.757237.026
orange (not purple)57.643835.614
edgy (not politically correct)57.662533.922
thick (not thin)57.638330.424
shy (not playful)56.723424.615
involved (not remote)56.590739.322
tame (not wild)56.442136.930
insider (not outsider)56.343739.616
vanilla (not kinky)56.153340.925
emancipated (not enslaved)56.085232.626
cautious (not impulsive)55.955838.219
disreputable (not prestigious)55.937138.224
sexist (not feminist)55.635935.131
tactful (not indiscreet)55.576833.334
calm (not anxious)55.442933.917
🧠 (not 💪)54.985433.943
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')54.829935.813
slow-talking (not fast-talking)54.835628.581
sage (not whippersnapper)54.851235.268
refined (not rugged)54.769039.623
socialist (not libertarian)54.725534.316
trusting (not charming)54.547517.920
awkward (not charming)54.440127.822
sickly (not healthy)54.326232.426
🤣 (not 😊)54.244622.538
ranged (not melee)54.266538.966
poor (not rich)54.146130.520
🛌 (not 🧗)54.139936.530
stable (not moody)53.835433.724
🏋️‍♂️ (not 🚴)53.733734.529
fortunate (not unlucky)53.554333.017
zany (not regular)53.471438.233
blacksmith (not tailor)53.243234.376
arcane (not mainstream)53.170836.724
well behaved (not mischievous)53.049440.821
tall (not short)53.072825.121
overprepared (not efficient)53.021637.976
nerd (not jock)52.475438.332
fast (not slow)52.193530.124
reasoned (not instinctual)52.051537.040
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)51.990036.637
rural (not urban)51.835238.630
loud (not quiet)51.571034.537
gossiping (not confidential)51.545041.920
human (not animalistic)51.394736.923
legit (not scrub)51.0101735.821
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)50.663337.029

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 Nurse Mildred Ratched based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Alexander Conklin (0.882)
  2. Thomas Matthews (0.868)
  3. Agent Smith (0.859)
  4. Javert (0.852)
  5. Tywin Lannister (0.848)
  1. Olaf (-0.705)
  2. Dory (-0.703)
  3. Pumbaa (-0.701)
  4. Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (-0.69)
  5. Brittany Pierce (-0.681)

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: ENFP (r = 0.79)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.76)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.6)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.56)
  5. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.52)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.51)
  7. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.33)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.32)
  9. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.29)
  10. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.26)
  11. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.24)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.23)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.19)
  14. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.18)
  15. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.09)
  16. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.0)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.02)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.1)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.13)
  20. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.14)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.19)
  22. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.19)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.28)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.57)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.65)


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