Aug 302008
 

Your personality affects every goal you have in life: personal, professional, financial, and even spiritual. Learn how your Big Five Personality Traits (conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, extroversion, and openness) affect your career, relationships, family, and even your health.

Before the tips, a quip:

“From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents, from 18 to 35 she needs good looks, from 35 to 55 she needs a good personality, and from 55 on she needs cash.” – Sophie Tucker.

If you don’t have good parents or cash — you might want to focus on making the most of your personality traits! To learn more about personality, read Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are.

And, here’s a description of each of the Big Five Personality Traits, plus how they affect your life goals, relationships, and health…

Your Big Five Personality Traits

These personality traits can and do change; they’re known as the Big Five Personality Traits to psychologists. The changes differ in men and women, and don’t change with your mood. It doesn’t matter if you’re thrilled or terrified: you’ll still show signs of your Big Five Personality Traits.

By the way, if you’re a dog lover, you might find What Your Favorite Dog Breed Reveals About Your Personality interesting!

1. Conscientiousness. Organization, discipline, excellent performance, and dedication (especially in the workplace) are the hallmarks of this trait. Conscientiousness increases as both men and women age, especially during your 20’s. This personality trait can help you achieve your life goals by keeping you focused on the details.

2. Agreeableness. Generous, helpful, friendly, pleasant and easy to be around; these social people usually have strong relationships (and are often extroverts). Researchers found that agreeableness increases during your 30’s, in both men and women. If you’re an agreeable person, you can get other people on side — which will help you achieve both your personal and your professional goals!

3. Neuroticism. Woody Allen exemplifies this personality trait; he worries excessively and seems emotionally unstable and anxious. Neurotics are more likely to struggle with depression and sadness. This trait declines in women as they age, and stays the same in men. Introverts aren’t necessarily neurotic, but their personality traits can cause problems in their lives. Neurotic people may get distracted from their life goals.

4. Openness. Honest, available, curious and willing to try new things are the earmarks of this Big Five Personality Trait! Insight and imagination are part of the daily routine — which will go far in helping you set and achieve life goals. This trait declines slightly as both men and women age.

5. Extroversion. Extroverts are talkative and assertive; they get energy from groups and being in the spotlight. They think that being alone and quiet isn’t fun at all. Extroversion declines for women and doesn’t change in men. For more info on extroverts, read 7 Tips for Saving Money for Extroverts. With regard to setting and achieving life goals, it doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert.

To find out if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, take this test for introverted personality traits.

For more articles about personality traits, read the Most Popular Personality Articles, Tips, and Tests.

What do you think of these Big Five Personality Traits — and do you think you can change your personality?

laurie pawlik kienlenI'm Laurie Pawlik-Kienlen - bookworm, travel bug, flute player, writer, blogger, warrior princess. :-) My husband and I live in Vancouver, Canada with our cat and dogs.

Are you happy? My Grade 10 Social Studies teacher always asked me that. And I am happy, despite a hard childhood (schizophrenic mom, no dad, foster homes), infertility, an eating disorder, and a chronic illness. The source of my peace and joy is God; I'm a Christian. Where do you find peace?

I welcome your big and little comments below, about big or little things. I can't give you advice, but writing can give you clarity and insight.

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  2 Responses to “Your Big Five Personality Traits – From Neuroticism to Extroversion”

  1. I am 54 and absorbed the old school Myers-Briggs Type Indicator for understanding personalities a long time ago. I feel this tool is more complicated than the Big Five for evaluating an individual’s make-up and motivation. It requires more perception, skill, and time to decipher its traits’ meanings and interpret a fit for the individual.

    To me, the Big Five personality traits method is a simplified checklist for hurried professionals wanting, or needing to analyze someone quickly. And I think that is a poor method for evaluating a client and his or her needs. Big Five is loaded with key words that have negative connotations and societal judgments.

    Take the word “Neuroticism.” It is hot. It is embedded with negative connotations. People I know want to avoid that word. They do not want that word anywhere near them. It is a word that means “nervous breakdown.” Who wants a “nervous breakdown” marring their life’s record?

    What about the connotation of the word “Extraversion?” 80% of the world are that, according to most experts. What does the majority feel about the minority classed introvert? Big Five uses the word “Extraversion” solo. From it, introversion is introduced, suggesting that it is an inferior trait social style. Big Five defines introversion as a lessening degree of extraversion. This analysis implies extraversion is the healthy personality type and we introverts know that extraverts want to somehow make us normal, like them. That is society’s majority-ruled decision. Like sheep, all go along with it and introverts end up feeling like misfits.

    Through Myers-Briggs’ explanation of introverts, not only did I learn to understand them, how they operate in the real world, how they manage interpersonal relationships, but I also learned how extroverts ticks. Myers-Briggs educated me in well-defined, concise words. I saw how both preferences can get along without judging the other. Big Five’s evaluation method appears to be less clear and has a judgmental bias. It contains no method of harmony between the two types. It uses words that create negativism for the introvert. Its choice of defining words for the extraverted perpetuates the societal connotation that 20% of people are just not as valid as the other 80%’s.

    Word labels carry breathtaking impact and a vast number of societal biases. Very few people are immune to this emotional hit. Society’s bias towards you when it hears your label, is impossible to ignore. Big Five’s method of evaluating personalities is overly broad, too simple, and too hot-worded to take seriously. If you do take this test or are evaluated by someone administering it, remember to be aware of how the labels affect your feelings and your self-image. Remember, its words will never be you.

    As for word labels, connotations, and biases, you were set up. I told you my age which instantly put an image inside your head. I am sure words like old, frumpy, glasses, set-in her-ways, outdated, grandmother, may have popped into your head. I also told you Myers-Briggs was a superior personality evaluation tool. Did you imagine me college educated, a professional involved in a field like psychology, working in an office overlooking some city skyline, and that I have great benefits and strong retirement plan?

    Keep wondering.

  2. i think i am number 3 describes me very well do ittihnk you can change your personality i would say that nothing is inposible and you could probably change your personality but it would take a lot of time defnitly in my case