Five Basic Traits

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In your own words, describe each of the five basic dispositional traits. Then, select one of the adjective pairs listed in the table for each of the five trait categories in Table 1.2 on p. 7 of the text and describe where you think your personality falls in the spectrum of each adjective pair. For example: Extraversion: Talkative - Quiet; I am generally more talkative than I am quiet. I favor the talkative end of the spectrum. When I am at work, however, I tend to be quieter. Agreeableness (A)Extraversion (E)Conscientiousness (C)Neuroticism (N)Openness to Experience (O)

Agreeable–Disagreeable

Courteous–Rude

Forgiving–Vengeful

Good natured–Irritable

Soft hearted–Ruthless

Sympathetic–Callous

Affectionate–Reserved

Friendly–Aloof

Fun loving–Sober

Sociable–Retiring

Spontaneous–Inhibited

Talkative–Quiet

Careful–Careless

Conscientious–Negligent

Persevering–Quitting

Reliable–Undependable

Self-disciplined–Weak-willed

Well organized–Disorganized
High-strung–Relaxed

Insecure–Secure

Nervous–At ease

Self-pitying–Self-satisfied

Vulnerable–Hardy

Worrying–Calm
Broad interests–Narrow interests

Complex–Simple

Creative–Uncreative

Curious–Incurious

Imaginative–Down to earth

Original–Conventional

(McAdams, 2009)
The person: An introduction to the science of personality psychology, 5th Edition Dan P. McAdams
Hoboken, NJ
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
2009

Hello Jennifer and Class,

In my own words and interpretations, I will describe the Five Dimensions of Personality. In each category, I have chosen one of the adjective pairs listed, which can use best describe my personal traits.

Agreeableness (A)—a willingness to agree with. Soft hearted–Ruthless. I am a very empathetic person. I tend to go out of my way and put other people’s feelings and needs above my own. I will make sacrifices they will never know about, in coming to their aid. However, if betrayed by that person,...
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