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A couple of weeks ago on Wellness Wednesday, along with The Spin’s hosts Michelle Sturino and Barry Davis, we discussed what the Big Five Personality Model is and some of the details around it.
Broadly speaking, it’s a way to measure and get a better understanding of the unique differences each of have in our personalities. This is done through getting a measurement of five specific personality traits, which is why it’s called the “Big Five Personality Model”.
At the time, I know that all three of us expressed an interest in learning more about our specific personality traits. To satisfy our collective curiosity, we went ahead and completed the Big Five Personality Test and we’re going to be talking about our individual results today.
And as mentioned previously, these personality models and tests can provide insights about our individual tendencies and if we choose, give us some ideas around specific areas of improvement. Or they can simply be something fun to talk about with friends, family and co-workers.
Let’s do a quick recap regarding each of the individual personality traits which can be remembered by the acronym: OCEAN
It stands for: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism.
Each of these traits is measured between a scale of 1 to 100%. To keep our test results consistent, we all took it at Truity.com.
Openness to Experience (inventive or curious versus consistent or cautious)
Openness describes an individual’s tendency to think in complex, abstract ways. People high in Openness are creative, unconventional and artistic. Whereas those who are low are more practical, conservative and conventional.
Average is around 58%
Conscientiousness (efficient or organized versus easy-going or careless)
Conscientiousness describes a person’s tendency to be persistent and determined in achieving their goals. People high in Conscientiousness are orderly, ambitious and dependable. Those who are low are spontaneous, impulsive and disorganized.
Average is around 55%
Extraversion (seeking outside stimulation versus preferring internalized introspection)
Extraversion describes a person’s tendency to be energized by being around other people versus being by oneself. Those who score high are energetic, enthusiastic and excitable. Those who score low are more reserved, calm and introspective.
Average is around 51%
As an aside specifically regarding the Extraversion personality trait: there were quite a few people who visited the SolidWellness blog following our discussion on Wellness Wednesday about the differences between Introverts and Extroverts, so it’s my feeling that this is an area of interest for folks.
I was also extremely grateful to get some feedback that it was helpful for folks to hear that having needs as an introvert and to take the time for self-care was a valuable reminder.
Agreeableness (friendly or compassionate versus challenging or detached)
Agreeableness describes an individual’s tendency to put the needs of others ahead of their own needs. Those who score high are accommodating, helpful and selfless. Those who score lower are competitive, argumentative and brash.
Average score is around 63%
Neuroticism (sensitive or nervous versus secure or confident)
Neuroticism describes an individual’s response to stress. Those who score high are more anxious, moody and self-conscious. Those who score lower are more stable, resilient, optimistic and self-confident.
Average score is around 54%
What Did These Results Mean to Michelle and Barry?
We were short on time and unfortunately, we didn’t have a whole lot of time to discuss their thoughts on their results.
However, what I feel I learned from Barry and Michelle sharing their results and getting a little slice of their take on them, was that I was given a sneak peak at some of the challenges that come with engaging in work that is consistently open to other people’s opinions, and the potential impact this can have.
I am not only thankful for this opportunity to speak to more people through my contribution to The Spin’s Wellness Wednesday, but I am also grateful for Barry and Michelle who do what they do, day in and day out, for the benefit of those of us who are looking to maybe have some company during the drive home or to learn something new by listening to their podcast episodes.
Core Personality Pattern Tendencies for Michelle, Barry and Mio
The one result we didn’t share on air was one of other results that Truity provides after taking the Big Five Personality test, which is called the “Core Personality Pattern
In reference to what I mentioned above about Michelle and Barry doing the broadcasting work they do… putting themselves out there as they do.
From the results shown here from both of their Core Personality Patterns, they skew very heavily toward Empathic Idealist. In other words, they’re not just doing it for the glory, but because they empathically genuinely care about others.
Again, I would really like to thank them both for allowing me to share their results here.
As previously discussed, it is possible to use these test results for self improvement.
A couple of examples:
If you score low in Conscientiousness, you may find that you are having some difficulties with staying consistent with responsibilities and being reliable, which may have some undesirable impacts at work, school or in relationships.
Or if there is a lower score in Agreeableness, it can be reflective of having more tensions and conflicts in various relationships, which again can impact many areas of your life.
Because these tendencies are not set in stone, having an understanding of your tendencies can help you identify possible areas you would like to see have change and growth.
Interested in Taking the Test Yourself?
If you’re interested in taking the same test we took, head on over to Truity.com. You can take the test for free, but there is also an option to pay for more details regarding your results.