We surveyed 394 clinical psychologists to learn what personality traits and interests make them unique. Here are the results.


Holland Codes

Clinical psychologists are investigative and social

Clinical psychologists tend to be predominantly investigative individuals, which means that they are quite inquisitive and curious people that often like to spend time alone with their thoughts. They also tend to be social, meaning that they thrive in situations where they can interact with, persuade, or help people.

If you are one or both of these archetypes, you may be well suited to be a clinical psychologist. However, if you are realistic, this is probably not a good career for you. Unsure of where you fit in? Take the career test now.

Here’s how the Holland codes of the average clinical psychologist break down:


Big Five

The top personality traits of clinical psychologists are social responsibility and openness

Clinical psychologists score highly on social responsibility, indicating that they desire fair outcomes and have a general concern for others. They also tend to be high on the measure of openness, which means they are usually curious, imaginative, and value variety.

Once again, let’s break down the components of the personality of an average clinical psychologist: