The Big Five

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THE BIG FIVE

The Big Five is currently the most accepted personality model in the scientific community. It emerged from the work of multiple independent scientists/researchers starting in the 1950s who using different techniques obtained similar results. Those results were that there are five distinct personality traits/dimensions. My extroversion results are 74% which suggests I am, at times, overly talkative and outgoing. Introverted people are more quiet and reserved, though recent research shows that sometimes introverts can be just as gregarious in social situations as extroverts; the key seems to be in the source of energy. Extroverts gain energy from social situations, whereas introverts gain energy from solitude. This is exactly true for me. I have never been the type to gain energy from solitude. Although now that I am older, I prefer quiet time to myself and am not as sociable as I used to be. I scored 65% on openness to experience, which is characterized by originality, imagination, independence, curiosity, and broadmindedness. People low in this trait tends to be conventional, down to earth, and more likely to choose something familiar over something new and untried. That is quite the opposite for me. I absolutely love change and see it as a challenge. Research suggests that openness to experience is related to coping strategies. A large study of people who had experienced stressful events noted that subjects high in openness to experience used humor as a coping mechanism, whereas subjects low in the trait tended to rely on faith (in God or in others). I am actually surprised I didn’t score higher because I have dealt with a lot of abuse as a child and although I know it caused me many problems and huge setbacks. It has been a long, confusing path but I think I made it out somewhat O.K. I scored a 41% in conscientiousness which is characterized by dependability, efficiency, persistence, and a strong sense of order. These are the...
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