Lisa A. Caughell
September 1, 2011
University of Phoenix/Axia
The “Big 5” Personality Scale or “Big 5” Factors are based on 5 generalized areas of personality to describe almost everyone. The “Big 5” factors are: openness conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. (McAdams, 2006). A trait is a term used to identify other people and ourselves. Traits are characteristics or attributes that can be associated with others or us. The “Big 5” are example of personality traits. (McAdams, 2006). The three that I feel I fall under are: extraversion, conscientiousness, and neuroticism. The cluster under extraversion says that I am full of positive emotions, full of energy, talkative, assertive, and I do not mind being the center of attention. I am at the high end of this trait; all those mentioned above are true. The next one is conscientiousness. I am at the low end of this trait. I am messy, disorganized, do not put things away. I have way too much clutter and I spend too much time looking for things. The last of the three is neuroticism. I am in the middle with this one. I get angry easily, I suffer from anxiety, I get stressed out easily and get mad if things do not go my way. My parents and boyfriend call it “spoiled”. I would classify myself most likely to be the most “extraversion”. On the “Big 5” personality test I scored middle way. I like it quiet sometimes other times I do like to be the life of the party and have a lot of attention.
McAdams, D.P. (2006). The person: A new introduction to personality psychology (4th ed.). Hobokon, N.J: Wiley