What Can A Morality Test Teach Us?
Updated January 02, 2019
Reviewer Wendy Boring-Bray, DBH, LPC
The good in someone can't be tested. Or can it? There are many online tests that claim to be able to measure one's morality. Morality can be a tricky concept to properly define, with the subjectivity of morality changing from person to person. However, a morality test tries to take the most universally accepted concepts of morality and roll them into one package. In this post, we will explain a few morality tests and how they work.
The Moral Foundations Test is one such test that goes into quite a lot of detail. It was created over arguments of what morality is, and the fact that morality can change. Many scientists tend to argue over the subjectivity of morality and how everyone is a little different. A few researchers have tried to make their own Moral Foundations Theory in order to get the subjectivity of morality down.
Whether you think it or not, morality can be subjectivity. What causes moral outrage for one person can be harmless to another. There have been many debates online as to what is moral and what is not. Odds are, you've seen someone getting outraged over something and thought they were overreacting, or perhaps you agreed with them. This is how morality can be so subjective. There are universal rules we all seem to agree with, such as don't rape, murder, and so on, but many of our rules can be up to interpretation.
Some may think smoking marijuana is immoral, and they may turn to the law as a reason, or their opinion that altering your conscious is immoral. Others may believe it is moral because it doesn't harm anyone and it's safer than some legal drugs. Morals can also change over time. In our society, homosexuality was once taboo. Now, it's viewed normally. Morality evolves, and you can learn what stage of morality you're at thanks to the Moral Foundations Test. This test specifically is from IDR Labs, or Individual Difference Research Labs.
The test was created by various researchers, all of which study the many aspects of human behavior in an attempt to figure out what morality is. Besides morality and ethics, they have studied human psychology and politics. This has allowed them to map out the complexity of morality in a way that is easy for most to understand.
They have consulted many people from all sides of morality. No matter what spot on the political spectrum you are, these people have mapped it out and have consulted experts in politics, and same with the religious spectrum for that matter. This has allowed IDR to create a test that is quite accurate, but even so, it's not perfect, and someone shouldn't use the test as an end-all way to determine what their morality is or isn't. In the end, you should know your morals better than anyone else.
The Moral Foundations
This test uses six moral foundations in order to measure your morality. They give a good indicator as to where you are in the moral spectrum. Here are the six foundations.
The foundation of care shows how sensitive you are to the suffering of others. In this foundation, the opposite of care is harm. People use laws and other methods to make sure there is enough care in the world. The idea of care is to help those in need and punish those who harm. However, there is much more nuance. Some people believe in care for everyone, while others may look at other circumstances before determining if one needs care or not.
Life isn't fair, but we try to make it be. The foundation of fairness wants us to punish those who cheat and reward those who follow the rules. Depending on your political position, you may look at fairness differently. Some may see fairness as equality for all, while others believe individuals should be fairly rewarded based on what they contribute.
No matter who you are, you can be a bit tribal. You have a team you want to be loyal to, be it your political party, group of friends, job, or any other group. Being loyal means your team will grow and have a lesser chance of failure. Meanwhile, the opposite of loyalty is betrayal. Those who decide to betray are seen as bad and we hate them for that. If someone betrays the team, they are seen as horrible people.
Of course, loyalty can be subjective. Some may see loyalty as a must. Someone needs to be loyal at all times or they are traitors. Others may believe that it's okay to betray if the tribe is not on good behavior.
Authority is a moral aspect that is quite debatable. On one hand, authority helps keep order and enforces morality. On the other, what happens when the morality the authority enforces is not considered to be right? Most believe in questioning authority to some degree, but how much you should question them is up to debate.
There are certain ideas that are seen as sacred. Meanwhile, there are also objects that are seen as dirty and something you should not touch. The sanctity of something can vary depending on who you are, and a morality test can help define it in many ways.
There are some who believe that the traditions one should celebrate should be upheld, while others believe that some traditions should be changed or dismantled. To some extent, people do like to rebel against established rules, but to what degree depends on who you are.
Everyone claims to want liberty, the idea to be as free as one can possibly be. However, what liberty is can depend on the person. Some may want liberty for their own interests, but not want others to have liberty for interests they may disagree with. There are some who believe that any government intervention is oppression, and true liberty comes from as small of a government as possible. Meanwhile, liberty may mean that the government intervenes to give everyone a fair chance.
No one says, "I want to be oppressed." It's just that one definition of liberty may seem more oppressive than others.
The moral test measures all six aspects of your moral foundation by looking at contemporary issues found in today's society. From sex robots to drawing Muhammad in schools, the moral foundation test covers them all.
It should be noted that it's impossible to measure one's morality entirely. Tests may leave out many different factors, and these questions don't allow for much nuance. They're either okay or they're not.
However, the people who have made the Moral Foundations Test have studied many different types of personality tests in order to have the best results possible. They've been involved in psychology, politics, and everything in-between. This has allowed the test to be as accurate as possible, and best of all, it's free. No strings attached. This allows you to figure out your morality the best way possible.
The Reasons This Test Is Good To Try
It's free. There are no strings attached with this test. There isn't any claim that it's free, only for it to cost you. Instead, the test is completely free and delivers you the results with no problem at all.
There is no agenda with this test. Some tests are skewed towards a particular faith or a political side, but this one tries to remain as neutral as possible. It just gives you the results, and doesn't praise or shame you for picking a side.
The Moral Foundation Test has been tested in many different countries and continents, allowing for the best results as possible. You're definitely guaranteed to get good results.
It has been sampled with a large crowd. Many tests are hard to measure in terms of reliability due to the fact that the test has a small crowd. This test has a bigger sample size, meaning that the results will be accurate. Over 90,000 participants have proven that this test is quite accurate to take.
Professionals created it. This isn't a fun quiz created by a group of people who have no idea what they're talking about. Many scientists and researchers created this test in order to give the best results possible.
The test doesn't take long at all to take. There are only 36 questions, not hundreds. This allows you to get a quick glance at your moral compass without having to spend too much time. You can take it during a break at work, or during down time. Despite its shortness, it's a good measure of accuracy.
There are condensed versions of the test as well, dividing the six moral foundations into just three.
With that said, if you're concerned with your morality or ethics, speak with a counselor. A good counselor can tell you what you need to do to be a better person.