The Big Five personality traits refer to five distinct dimensions of personality,
widely recognized in psychology. The Big Five is sometimes called the Five Factor Model.
These five traits are known by the acronym OCEAN, which
stands for Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.
Each of these is associated with it's opposite, for example Introversion being the
opposite of Extraversion. People fall somewhere on the continuum between the
two personality poles, in a bell curve distribution. Most people are close to in between,
whereas fewer people (< 20 percent) are near to one or the other personality extreme.
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How Valid is the Big Five?
Numerous psychological studies have been conducted on the Big Five personality traits,
confirming again and again that these are the five distinct traits which combine in unique ways to create our
personalities. There is no correlation between one trait and the next. Evidence has
shown that each are highly correlated with our genetics (via twin studies) as well
as physiological differences in brain function. For example, Conscientiousness has
a 49% heritability, according to recent studies. Introverts are found to have more
blood flow to areas of the brain
responsible for planning and problem solving. Our personalities are therefore
difficult or impossible to change, because they are simply how we are wired.
About This Test
This test was developed to quiz you in order to discover how you score on the Big Five
Simply respond to each statement with full honesty by selecting
how accurate or inaccurate the statement is as it applies to you.
From you answers,
your scores on the Big Five will be calculated. This will reveal insights into your
unique personality. A summary of your results will be generated, as well as detailed
information on what your scores mean.
Credit: questions and scoring are replicated from or inspired by the IPIP personality research.
Please note: the Big Five personality test does not yield a clinical diagnosis of
any psychological condition. It is intended for your entertainment only. Hopefully
you find the results insightful.
Big Five at a Glance
Here is a brief summary of the five personality traits:
Openness to Experience - refers to intellectual curiosity, a
preference for variety, and questioning traditional beliefs. The opposite is Conventionalism.
Conscientiousness - describes a thorough and deliberate
personality type, one who follows a schedule and seeks achievement. The opposite is
Extraversion - refers to a socializing personality,
which features assertiveness and excitement-seeking. The opposite is Introversion.
Agreeableness - is a preference for compassion and
cooperation. The agreeable personality is optimistic and trustworthy. The opposite is
Neuroticism - describes an anxious and stressful
personality, and is associated with anger, guilt and depression. The opposite is