Big Five Personality Traits For Self-Awareness





It is important to understand the different personality types, especially for understanding how to treat & reorient oneself when faced with mental distress. If you know your predispositions, it is easier to adapt to different situations in life.

Personality types are based on different categories of behavior. Notably, the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator has 16 personality types. However, the labels that the inventory tests & acronym system bestow upon people can be hard to keep track of with the quantity of personality types & differentiation between them (We'll have a future blog post about the MBTI).

A more simplified version of understanding personality types is known as the Big Five Personality Traits. Each trait has their own positive and negative aspects that make them uniquely suited for specific situations.

Understanding your type can help you better understand your strengths and weaknesses, as well as how to work with others who share the same type.

The Big Five Personality Types Are:

A deeper understanding of these traits can help enable a person to make better decisions to react to one's environment & deal with new thoughts or ideas a person becomes faced with.

Some people are more extroverted while others are more introverted. Some people are more conscientious while others are more neurotic.

Understanding these attributes can help us better navigate our lives by knowing what we want, how to get it and how to interact with others better.

1. Openness:

Openness is a person's ability to be receptive to new ideas & experiences to integrate into their personal life. A person high on the openness spectrum is likely to be a great listener, allows others to be heard, & comfortable with novel things. A person lower on the openness scale is more likely to be conservative to trying new things, unlikely to change habits or patterns of behavior, & unlikely to venture to unfamiliar territory.

2. Agreeableness:

Agreeableness falls in line with a person's ability to be cooperative with others. People on the higher end of the spectrum will want to go along with what other people say or suggest. On the other hand, people on the lower end are more likely to not go along with what other people are telling them, they are less likely to be receptive, & disagreeable people would prefer if things went their way instead.

3. Extraversion:

Extraversion is how socially engaging a person is around others. People who are more extroverted enjoy the presence of people, social at every opportunity, & can get drained when not around other people. Those who are less extroverted (introverted) are not as outgoing as extroverts, more quiet, prefer to be by themselves than with others, & get drained by being too socially engaged with others.

4, Conscientiousness:

Conscientiousness is a person's tendency to be centered around responsibility, organization, work ethics, & adherence to rules & norms. A conscientious person is respectful of others in their environments, committed to tasks & responsibilities assigned to them, & goal-oriented. A person opposite of that is someone who does not hold responsibility on the top of their list, not deliberate on accomplishing tasks, & not as motivated to get things done.

Conscientiousness is a tricky trait to understand because someone who may be high on conscientiousness feels a moral obligation to be on top of everything. Whereas, someone who is not considered conscientious may be going through a tough period in their life & needs some lifestyle changes & some treatment to help them get by.

But to be low on the conscientiousness spectrum can be detrimental to one's daily living as they may have deadlines & important obligations they aren't meeting.

5. Neuroticism:

Neuroticism is the tendency to experience negative emotions such as anxiety and depression. A person with lower neuroticism is not as vulnerable to experiencing bouts of mental wear & tear. A person with a higher level of neuroticism is more likely to react to things negatively & become adversely affected. Neurotic behaviors are more likely to be displayed more outwardly & obvious like how a person's body language is, their tonality, their choice of words or any other behavior exemplifying symptoms of anxiety, depression, etc.

One very important notion to point out is that these traits don't define a person's behavioral orientation.

However, people can exhibit these traits on a spectrum or develop them throughout time.

Perhaps a person who is more introverted starts participating in social activities for long periods of time & later develops an extroverted personality. Another example would be if a person who is low on the conscientious scale & is often late to events or tasks, starts working with a therapist or career coach & becomes more conscientious throughout that period of retraining.

And events in a person's life should account for how their personality is displayed. A person who is usually agreeable as they are commonly known for can have a life event like grieving the loss of a family member & is more disagreeable with people than usual.

A personality trait does not define who you are, as there are a lot of individual nuances & life circumstances to consider. It's merely a conceptual tool to help you navigate how to best manage yourself & the environments you find yourselves in.

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