11 March 2007

The Big Five

Filed under: Psychology — ktismatics @ 8:04 pm

On a recent post Jason Hesiak asked about the origins of the concept of introversion versus extraversion. This particular way of categorizing people has been around for a long time but was first formally proposed as a personality trait by Karl Jung. Personality psychologists and statisticians have worked on identifying a small set of reliable and distinct of traits for characterizing people’s personalities. They’ve zeroed in on what’s known as the Big Five. Various personality questionnaires based on the Big Five can be found online: here’s a particularly short version. The results identify the five factors and your score on each: low, medium, high. Remember, there are no right answers (yeah, right — oops, that’s my disagreeableness coming out) So, how did you do? What are you like? Put your scores in a comment… IF YOU DARE — MUAHAHA!



  1. I was medium on extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticism; I was high on openness to new experiences. Then I took another, longer Big 5 test and it scored me as a little more introverted, a little higher on conscientiousness, and a lot more disagreeable. Here’s a *tip* for all you questionnaire writers: generally speaking, longer questionnaires give more accurate results, as long as the questions are good ones.


    Comment by ktismatics — 11 March 2007 @ 8:16 pm

  2. I was high on many traits… but one, she said cynically.


    Comment by Odile — 11 March 2007 @ 11:09 pm

  3. One of the measures of this test for extroversion was whether you are overly wordy or not, lol. Judge for yourself.


    You have high extroversion.
    You are outgoing and engaging, with both strangers and friends.
    You truly enjoy being with people and bring energy into any situation.
    Enthusiastic and fun, you’re the first to say “let’s go!”


    You have medium conscientiousness.
    You’re generally good at balancing work and play.
    When you need to buckle down, you can usually get tasks done.
    But you’ve been known to goof off when you know you can get away with it.


    You have high agreeableness.
    You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
    Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
    You give people the benefit of the doubt and don’t mind giving someone a second chance.


    You have low neuroticism.
    You are very emotionally stable and mentally together.
    Only the greatest setbacks upset you, and you bounce back quickly.
    Overall, you are typically calm and relaxed – making others feel secure.

    Openness to experience:

    Your openness to new experiences is high.
    In life, you tend to be an early adopter of all new things and ideas.
    You’ll try almost anything interesting, and you’re constantly pushing your own limits.
    A great connoisseir of art and beauty, you can find the positive side of almost anything.


    Comment by Jason Hesiak — 12 March 2007 @ 8:41 am

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