Most traits are rated on a scale of 1-10. The expectation is that most people will fall between 4-7 across most traits. The following is a rough guide for self-evaluation on this form. Note that this is all tricky and subjective, but do your best and we’ll normalize the data to get meaning out of it later.
This trait doesn’t really apply to you, or your experience of it is non-existent. If we’re talking about hearing perhaps you’re totally deaf; if we’re talking about emotional regulation perhaps you simply cannot regulate anything you feel.
You’re at a minimum of functional experience of this trait. Maybe you can hear but not very well, or maybe your vision is so bad that you can’t see a foot in front of your face without glasses. You are probably to some extent impaired in this domain.
You struggle to keep up with other people in this domain, but given enough time and space you can make it work.
Sure there are people who experience this trait more strongly than you do, but you don’t really struggle and feel like your capacity here is within normal thresholds.
You feel like your capabilities in this domain are completely average. Some people are more sensitive than you, some less. You don’t have any strong feelings about it either way and until you were asked about it in this question you didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about it.
You’re a bit above average in this domain, maybe you notice sounds your friends don’t or have a more sensitive palette.
You experience this trait a lot more than your peers, but in a manageable way that doesn’t really impact your life too much.
You experience something of an excess in this trait — maybe your hearing is so sharp you can hear things that nobody around you can hear, maybe your emotional processing is such that you can extract meaning from feelings that other people dismiss.
You are extremely sensitive in this domain, way more than other people. You either actively rely on your capabilities here or actively manage your exposure because it can be overwhelming, but this is not a neutral trait for you.
Depending on the trait you either have superhuman capability or you’re debilitated, possibly both. 10 means you’re at an extreme of experiencing this trait.