TikTokers are dabbling in Scientology, thanks to a popular personality test making the rounds.
People are taking the Oxford Capacity Analysis (OCA) quiz to identify character traits that will affect their future. The test has no affiliation with Oxford University and has no basis in science. Still, TikTokers can hardly resist a personality test even if they know it’s just for fun.
What is the Church of Scientology?
Scientology is a religion founded by science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in the 1950s. Scientologists believe that humans have a “reactive mind” that exists in response to trauma, which stops the “analytic mind” from working. To unearth these traumas and rid of them, Scientologists undergo the process of auditing. The Church of Scientology is often criticized for being a science-denying cult, its belief in extraterrestrials and has been accused of human trafficking, forced labor and child abuse.
The Church of Scientology maintains that its central focus is self-improvement, thus it’s not surprising its members use personality tests.
Why are people on TikTok taking the Oxford Capacity Analysis test?
According to Scientology, “Your IQ, personality and aptitude determine your future success and happiness. The Oxford Capacity Analysis has benefited millions of people since 1960. You are a unique individual with your own personality traits—some of these traits enable you to achieve great things in life, and others can seem to hold you back and ultimately stifle your true potential.”
The test contains 200 questions including ones like, “Do you bite your fingernails?” and “Do children irritate you?”
The video received 2.4 million views which sparked TikTok’s interest in the OCA.
She later posted a video where she received messages from people claiming she was “famous” in the Scientology world.
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