Are You Divergent?

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Back in December I met up with some of my friends from college. We were all in Alpha Chi Sigma (the chemistry fraternity) together, so you know we are all a bit nerdy anyway. We started talking about what TV shows and books we've been enjoying. After we all proclaimed our love for The Hunger Games series, one of my friends suggested we read the Divergent series.

I took her up on her suggestion and put my name on the HUGE waiting list for it at the library. I finally was able to rent it last Monday while John was working. Let me just say that this was a book I couldn't put down. The whole 6 hours while he was at work, I was busy reading. I finished this book in 3 days flat. It might not seem fast to some of y'all, but for me, reading a book in under a week is pretty fast.

If you have not heard about this wonderful book, you can click the picture above and it will take you to the GoodReads description. I also don't want to give too much of the plot away if you haven't read it and want to. But I want to share some of what pulled me into this book so much.

Since becoming friends with Jake, I've gotten into personality types a little more. He absolutely loves studying about personality types and trying to figure out everybody's type he comes into contact with. I know this sounds like some random facts, but bare with me. I promise it ties in.

Within the book, there are 5 factions or societies: Abnegation, Candor, Erudite, Amity and Dauntless. They dictate everything about you. How you think, what you wear, what your job is, so on and so forth. Each of the different factions place a different believe at the highest level without putting any thought or consideration into the other beliefs.

The one thing I noticed almost immediately about the factions is they seemed like personality types. I am not the best at telling what a persons personality type is so I  used my handy dandy research skills to see what was going on in Veronica Roth's head when she created these factions. It turns out that she used the Five Factor Model known to many psychology students as OCEAN to create the factions found in Divergent. (I used this review and this one to help me with all the personality types stuff... have to credit my sources!)

Abnegation. They believe in selflessness above all other things. People within this faction hold jobs in the government or helping the factionless (homeless people). The type of person to be in this society would be an introvert with good people skills and is very people oriented. They would like routine and orderliness.

Candor. Honesty is the most important to this faction. Candor jobs relate to telling and seeking the truth such as a lawyer or judge. The type of person to best fit into this faction would be an outgoing, energetic person with attention to details. They would enjoy thrilling activities in their spare time.

Erudite. Knowledge is the main focus of this faction. They are always curious or in search of information. People in this faction work in the library, schools as teachers, scientists or mathematicians. The best personality for this faction would be highly introverted who is comfortable being in their own head. They are highly intelligent and are the thinkers of the world.

Amity. Love and peace are the problem solvers to this faction. Citizens here are very friendly and agreeable. People to are very relationship oriented, intend on resolving problems to create a peaceful community would belong in this faction.

Dauntless. Fearlessness is what best describes the dauntless. They highly look down upon cowardly actions. As the cities main police and security force the dauntless would look for extrovert citizen. However according to the Five Factor Model, people who are also drawn to this faction can be unstable, sometimes depressed or have the possibility for frequent mood changes. In today's society they might be considered Gothic.

I've browsed around the web a little bit and found a few faction quizzes. They told me I would be great for Amity. Although I do agree with Amity and their ideals, I believe in my heart that I belong more with Erudite. I am always asking questions and trying to learn as much as I can. Who knows though, I could just be a Divergent.

Where do you think you would belong?
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  1. I actually worked with HarperTeen on the promotion of this series, and I was placed in Amity :)

  2. Wow Divergent sounds so interesting. I really want to read it! Thank you for the review (without spoilers...phew!).