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Josh Lyman Personality Statistics

Josh Lyman is a character from The West Wing. 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
political (not nonpolitical)96.2210.3296
opinionated (not neutral)94.4355.78
persistent (not quitter)92.51358.623
driven (not unambitious)92.41089.4252
overachiever (not underachiever)91.85210.414
work-first (not family-first)90.55413.3222
high IQ (not low IQ)90.316212.8268
workaholic (not slacker)90.014016.467
twitchy (not still)89.92410.09
urban (not rural)89.8229.128
straight (not queer)87.912715.593
patriotic (not unpatriotic)87.93816.218
loyal (not traitorous)87.227714.2272
competent (not incompetent)87.021514.1206
important (not irrelevant)86.820819.226
perceptive (not unobservant)86.524319.08
bold (not shy)86.436214.5298
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)86.412813.318
assertive (not passive)86.315514.8217
fast (not slow)85.48813.9263
bossy (not meek)85.321715.8295
skeptical (not spiritual)85.19013.9280
loud (not quiet)84.717215.9289
chatty (not reserved)84.416917.0281
intellectual (not physical)84.019716.6321
playful (not shy)83.822715.2261
gendered (not androgynous)83.729818.084
exuberant (not subdued)83.7954.38
frenzied (not sleepy)83.211819.117
egalitarian (not racist)82.837415.423
competitive (not cooperative)82.727918.5293
funny (not humorless)82.614316.2301
arrogant (not humble)82.523016.1254
impatient (not patient)82.419916.294
prideful (not envious)82.3898.821
liberal (not conservative)82.210818.630
knowledgeable (not ignorant)82.228214.213
charismatic (not uninspiring)82.128217.6284
🧠 (not 💪)82.023415.721
involved (not remote)81.912519.3248
go-getter (not slugabed)81.931513.215
feisty (not gracious)81.722416.4268
badass (not weakass)81.541020.18
fast-talking (not slow-talking)81.314821.912
expressive (not stoic)81.217818.8271
diligent (not lazy)81.264119.5332
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)80.514320.023
sarcastic (not genuine)80.114418.9272
anxious (not calm)80.016617.4275
ambitious (not realistic)79.918622.417
child free (not pronatalist)79.812620.3213
resistant (not resigned)79.814316.2244
pretentious (not unassuming)79.816816.521
tense (not relaxed)79.734619.0295
insider (not outsider)79.63520.0160
extrovert (not introvert)79.123121.4296
mischievous (not well behaved)79.033615.1283
stubborn (not accommodating)79.040420.26
forward-thinking (not stuck-in-the-past)78.98320.211
genius (not dunce)78.328718.6323
night owl (not morning lark)78.223920.5133
believable (not poorly-written)78.133620.614
vibrant (not geriatric)77.728721.114
active (not slothful)77.353720.5209
self-destructive (not self-improving)77.019518.713
vain (not demure)76.822218.9255
valedictorian (not drop out)76.843223.927
hurried (not leisurely)76.88923.4241
cannibal (not vegan)76.620611.615
tardy (not on-time)76.613214.19
works hard (not plays hard)76.538020.3286
biased (not impartial)76.424618.4284
heroic (not villainous)76.249819.5286
dominant (not submissive)76.048721.4281
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)76.020321.9266
privileged (not oppressed)76.041423.212
obsessed (not aloof)75.823322.7296
atheist (not theist)75.720721.565
bookish (not sporty)75.542323.2254
treasure (not trash)75.457422.028
charming (not trusting)75.418717.9272
nerd (not jock)75.337522.6266
curious (not apathetic)75.228222.0264
messy (not neat)74.917320.2142
preppy (not punk rock)74.933927.814
confident (not insecure)74.646024.7261
resolute (not wavering)74.631520.322
pro (not noob)74.654522.426
zany (not regular)74.427616.120
narcissistic (not low self esteem)74.433121.322
quarrelsome (not warm)74.332620.9271
extraordinary (not mundane)74.241020.0253
masculine (not feminine)74.245916.8282
legit (not scrub)74.246824.224
🐘 (not 🐀)73.713622.924
worldly (not innocent)73.648122.0282
attractive (not repulsive)73.258218.5263
moody (not stable)73.142619.9308
resourceful (not helpless)73.171524.363
ferocious (not pacifist)72.944222.0267
tailor (not blacksmith)72.933922.926
tight (not loose)72.840419.512
wooden (not plastic)72.83388.74
decisive (not hesitant)72.651023.6289
complicated (not simple)72.644124.9226
interesting (not tiresome)72.246024.0244
cosmopolitan (not provincial)72.020724.3246
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)72.029528.728
doer (not thinker)72.037816.37
chaotic (not orderly)71.931620.0285
🤔 (not 🤫)71.714723.726
interrupting (not attentive)71.627423.57
impulsive (not cautious)71.335623.8276
self-assured (not self-conscious)71.348227.1231
🏀 (not 🎨)71.126629.013
interested (not bored)71.141930.316
rebellious (not obedient)71.050920.2255
judgemental (not accepting)70.933525.3154
sexual (not asexual)70.852421.06
pensive (not serene)70.642812.78
alpha (not beta)70.554525.5213
😏 (not 😬)70.527623.917
intense (not lighthearted)70.355225.216
unambiguous (not mysterious)70.226925.3244
prestigious (not disreputable)70.242820.9216
healthy (not sickly)70.059122.3257
English (not German)70.066022.314
direct (not roundabout)69.855227.4249
masochistic (not pain-avoidant)69.818226.619
fighter (not lover)69.729119.514
jealous (not compersive)69.730420.6239
democratic (not authoritarian)69.628727.9282
first-mate (not captain)69.637329.9249
master (not apprentice)69.556725.0103
insulting (not complimentary)69.530222.470
😎 (not 🧐)69.534029.421
utilitarian (not decorative)69.440022.770
demanding (not unchallenging)69.475724.510
highbrow (not lowbrow)69.237922.2257
lustful (not chaste)69.138621.0254
romantic (not dispassionate)69.054923.819
factual (not poetic)68.834819.816
flamboyant (not modest)68.735723.7282
mad (not glad)68.740319.627
emancipated (not enslaved)68.648625.7230
conspiracist (not sheeple)68.646718.9130
😜 (not 🤐)68.332818.918
disarming (not creepy)68.258721.191
brave (not careful)68.149223.7273
wild (not tame)68.053822.0196
permanent (not transient)67.729725.392
👟 (not 🥾)67.631025.020
gregarious (not private)67.525026.0270
straightforward (not cryptic)67.451226.4266
📈 (not 📉)67.340928.730
gamer (not non-gamer)67.322434.46
thrifty (not extravagant)67.331024.39
dramatic (not no-nonsense)67.140024.087
juvenile (not mature)67.134319.160
comedic (not dramatic)67.115924.816
socialist (not libertarian)67.02825.0235
precise (not vague)67.054824.6169
social (not reclusive)67.042525.527
rich (not poor)66.853818.6262
soulful (not soulless)66.874924.654
gloomy (not sunny)66.843819.420
consistent (not variable)66.841227.89
scientific (not artistic)66.743824.2292
bold (not serious)66.740925.2258
💃 (not 🧕)66.754426.723
armoured (not vulnerable)66.554225.4222
bad-cook (not good-cook)66.432829.411
crazy (not sane)66.440118.924
beautiful (not ugly)66.384920.476
haunted (not blissful)66.362522.29
basic (not hipster)66.046423.8281
suspicious (not trusting)65.750825.5295
human (not animalistic)65.672125.4234
industrial (not domestic)65.532524.665
mighty (not puny)65.468722.8298
kind (not cruel)65.273521.9265
intimate (not formal)65.234222.621
young (not old)65.064517.9281
🌟 (not 💩)65.078027.325
Italian (not Swedish)65.038225.710
exhibitionist (not bashful)65.055234.014
reasonable (not deranged)64.951025.125
😀 (not 😭)64.633226.423
chortling (not giggling)64.157127.917
indulgent (not sober)63.948323.0284
🤠 (not 🤑)63.853827.419
hard-work (not natural-talent)63.756328.510
literary (not mathematical)63.549126.8267
neurotypical (not autistic)63.484526.5229
ironic (not profound)63.036325.712
miserable (not joyful)62.958120.622
eastern (not western)62.87536.916
rude (not respectful)62.737021.0302
edgy (not politically correct)62.656823.1264
circular (not linear)62.428621.613
dorky (not cool)62.339525.121
hedonist (not monastic)62.344420.023
weird (not normal)62.259623.2278
vengeful (not forgiving)62.252424.0267
corporate (not freelance)62.236929.214
ADHD (not OCD)62.232336.46
guarded (not open)62.183826.2264
alert (not oblivious)62.171128.126
offended (not chill)62.155134.416
entitled (not grateful)62.150623.710
hunter (not gatherer)61.957731.014
playful (not serious)61.834323.1312
reliable (not experimental)61.754326.07
dry (not moist)61.739129.810
epic (not deep)61.737821.68
civilized (not barbaric)61.675025.2251
extreme (not moderate)61.670625.6205
inspiring (not cringeworthy)61.656624.259
unorthodox (not traditional)61.555726.475
rational (not whimsical)61.460725.9276
eloquent (not unpolished)61.468227.4273
🤣 (not 😊)61.433725.924
low-tech (not high-tech)61.248224.4236
real (not philosophical)61.167527.4162
creative (not conventional)61.053326.7298
spicy (not mild)60.870525.7259
slovenly (not stylish)60.730622.5272
hard (not soft)60.760524.285
🐐 (not 🦒)60.760628.624
high standards (not desperate)60.765625.19
🐒 (not 🐩)60.641930.420
heathen (not devout)60.537424.7262
not introspective (not introspective)60.521328.226
🐿 (not 🦇)60.555126.717
😈 (not 😇)60.449619.426
orange (not purple)60.337725.7165
disorganized (not self-disciplined)60.228427.5266
instinctual (not reasoned)60.161027.1263
trolling (not triggered)60.023621.011
exaggerating (not factual)60.053727.313
bright (not depressed)59.849925.7208
loveable (not punchable)59.866928.314
whippersnapper (not sage)59.844123.29
modern (not historical)59.761126.0138
scruffy (not manicured)59.640225.9264
fire (not water)59.670531.410
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)59.549129.8210
🎃 (not 💀)59.345125.67
pessimistic (not optimistic)59.251228.3270
🤡 (not 👽)59.135526.323
🧢 (not 🎩)59.149734.519
melee (not ranged)59.126533.010
fortunate (not unlucky)58.943224.5285
clumsy (not coordinated)58.933125.8308
street-smart (not sheltered)58.974628.5253
empirical (not theoretical)58.850528.4271
metrosexual (not macho)58.867221.612
enlightened (not lost)58.843226.212
luddite (not technophile)58.748124.5217
traumatized (not flourishing)58.772626.013
pointed (not random)58.591929.217
bitter (not sweet)58.356523.5261
pack rat (not minimalist)58.340628.619
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)58.068026.8200
deep (not shallow)57.972421.235
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)57.945827.021
warm (not cold)57.762524.8208
builder (not explorer)57.752828.6207
charming (not awkward)57.675026.3290
open to new experinces (not uncreative)57.691624.9258
good-humored (not angry)57.662725.0215
literal (not metaphorical)57.574528.1276
deviant (not average)57.572824.3144
🐴 (not 🦄)57.562827.415
unfixable (not fixable)57.437125.311
frugal (not lavish)56.962624.6228
tactful (not indiscreet)56.877829.113
refined (not rugged)56.770424.9283
efficient (not overprepared)56.792129.015
multicolored (not monochrome)56.652726.863
thin (not thick)56.570922.0147
scandalous (not proper)56.461724.6202
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)56.467833.319
idealist (not realist)56.352828.077
equitable (not hypocritical)56.162425.280
backdoor (not official)56.063826.8230
French (not Russian)56.074223.212
rigid (not flexible)55.968326.1236
stuttering (not rhythmic)55.926928.210
🧗 (not 🛌)55.880328.823
focused on the future (not focused on the present)55.646828.1281
clean (not perverted)55.482928.314
fantastical (not realistic)55.052323.87
wise (not foolish)54.972722.1280
statist (not anarchist)54.963227.319
🤺 (not 🏌)54.999533.222
spontaneous (not scheduled)54.852429.2276
air (not earth)54.731336.89
wholesome (not salacious)54.670929.028
studious (not goof-off)54.589921.922
outlaw (not sheriff)54.464526.3253
presidential (not folksy)54.469728.711
vintage (not trendy)54.492227.79
🐷 (not 🐮)54.340228.219
sensitive (not thick-skinned)54.155226.6264
lewd (not tasteful)54.042022.2273
classical (not avant-garde)54.071629.466
emotional (not logical)53.969826.7288
spontaneous (not deliberate)53.942930.5267
mainstream (not arcane)53.848226.0246
repetitive (not varied)53.880827.381
subjective (not objective)53.761425.979
🥰 (not 🙃)53.764930.428
astonishing (not methodical)53.645527.8238
penny-pincher (not overspender)53.471927.218
open-book (not secretive)53.442830.710
hard (not soft)53.276124.0249
independent (not codependent)53.284531.5216
feminist (not sexist)53.289622.925
existentialist (not nihilist)53.185429.359
off-key (not musical)53.172419.17
angelic (not demonic)53.076220.6258
generous (not stingy)52.881719.913
open-minded (not close-minded)52.782424.5280
Roman (not Greek)52.763132.39
practical (not imaginative)52.685128.0222
smooth (not rough)52.465626.2262
💔 (not 💝)52.361929.722
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')52.252529.8162
gossiping (not confidential)52.246127.0239
empath (not psychopath)52.283123.913
nurturing (not poisonous)52.181923.482
🥴 (not 🥳)52.177422.719
sorrowful (not cheery)52.081923.0292
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)52.063829.222
debased (not pure)51.965423.3261
abstract (not concrete)51.954230.216
🤖 (not 👻)51.961528.317
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)51.750229.312
chivalrous (not businesslike)51.765329.610
vanilla (not kinky)51.666726.6248
awkward (not suspicious)51.644327.0277
🥵 (not 🥶)51.675423.88
individualist (not communal)51.585928.772
flimsy (not sturdy)51.538523.516
lenient (not strict)51.459325.9284
cunning (not honorable)51.457728.0296
stinky (not fresh)51.341723.322
down2earth (not head@clouds)51.276128.2255
generalist (not specialist)51.244832.476
sensible (not ludicrous)51.181225.0303
short (not tall)51.057320.8282
hoarder (not unprepared)51.088725.1194
normie (not freak)50.960521.417
one-faced (not two-faced)50.990522.39
altruistic (not selfish)50.277325.2313
happy (not sad)50.851623.3252
crafty (not scholarly)50.386229.6246
Pepsi (not Coke)50.361529.18
spelunker (not claustrophobic)50.592325.414

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

Most similar Least similar
  1. Alexander Hamilton (0.736)
  2. Elaine Benes (0.735)
  3. Tony Stark (0.715)
  4. Alan Shore (0.674)
  5. Ari Gold (0.66)
  1. Nelson Bighetti (-0.32)
  2. Kermit (-0.311)
  3. Chien-Po (-0.257)
  4. Stuart Bloom (-0.244)
  5. Milhouse Van Houten (-0.241)

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: ESTJ (r = 0.02)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.02)
  3. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.11)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.12)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.12)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.16)
  7. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = -0.17)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.18)
  9. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.21)
  10. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = -0.21)
  11. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = -0.21)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = -0.24)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = -0.28)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = -0.28)
  15. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = -0.28)
  16. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = -0.31)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.33)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.34)
  19. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = -0.38)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.39)
  21. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = -0.43)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.49)
  23. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = -0.5)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.54)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.56)


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