How much do you really know about your personality? Some of us are more introspective than others, spending more time in the psychology and self-help sections of a bookstore or library than others (myself included). I find it fascinating to learn how people think and why they act the way they do, especially when it comes to delving into my own mind and behavior.
It reminds me of when I first met my Buddhist teacher. We discussed how we think we know who we are; whether it be a type “A” personality or an introvert, we inherit these beliefs or labels early in life only to wake up one day and wonder if we’re living according to our true self.
While I don’t believe there is one test that can break down someone’s entire personality, I think a lot can be learned from taking one. Plus, who doesn’t love taking a personality quiz? One of my favorite personality tests, The Big Five Personality Test, has been used by psychologists for years. The five main factors used to describe human personality are openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism.
Openness looks at how willingly an individual will explore new ideas or experiences, and how well they focus on their thoughts and feelings.
Conscientiousness is a person’s awareness, attention to detail, and desire to perform to their full potential.
Extraversion refers to how much someone enjoys human interaction, ability to take risks, and their level of assertiveness.
Agreeableness is a person’s ability to cooperate with others and how well they consider other’s feelings.
Neuroticism examines someone’s anxiety level, ability to cope with stress and yet stay calm under pressure.
Are you ready to learn more about your personality? Click here to take the test.
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