Five Traits That Can Change Your Life - TestYourself Releases Large-Scale Study on The Big Five Personality Factors
TestYourself.psychtests.com reveals just how much The Big Five personality factors are key to happiness and success.
MONTREAL, CANADA (MARKETWIRE) -- Fefruary 24, 2011
TestYourself.psychtests.com one of the web's foremost source of personality assessments, is releasing results of their "What's your personality type?" test, based on psychology's renowned Big Five personality traits. Study results reveal that these five seemingly simple traits have a significant impact on life and work satisfaction.
"Along with Freud's complexes and phallic symbols and Pavlov's drooling dogs stands another one of psychology's long-standing theories: the Five Factor Model of personality. Otherwise known as the "Big 5", these traits form the basis of human personality. They are Emotional Stability (emotional strength and ability to withstand stress) or Neuroticism, Extroversion (preference for interacting with others vs. spending time alone), Openness (seeking out new experiences and being receptive to different views and people), Agreeableness (being likeable, approachable, and cooperative), and Conscientiousness (being organized, reliable and rule-abiding). The basic belief is that everyone possesses these traits to some degree.
"What's your personality type?", one of TestYourself's most popular tests, has had over three hundred thousand test-takers since its inception in 2007. A statistical analysis based on a sample of more than 30,000 people reveal that the general population falls somewhere on the middle on each of the Big 5 personality traits. Average scores (on a scale from 0 to 100) were 55 for Emotional Stability, 56 for Extroversion, 73 for Openness, 64 for Agreeableness, and 64 for Conscientiousness. Gender differences reveal that while men are more emotionally stable and a little more open-minded, women were slightly more extroverted, agreeable, and conscientious. Other research studies follow the same pattern.
Age differences reveal that while Emotional Stability, Agreeableness, Openness and Conscientiousness tended to increase with age, Extroversion decreased. The Big 5 also had a significant impact on grades in school, with top grade students being more emotionally stable (58 vs. 45 for below average students), open (77 vs. 67 for below average students), agreeable (65 vs. 56 for below average students), and conscientious (69 vs. 51 for below average students). Other factors impacted by the Big 5 were socio-economic status, work satisfaction, and work performance.
"When we see how much of an impact the Big 5 traits have on people's lives, it's no wonder it's so popular in the research and on our site," points out Dr. Jerabek, president of the company. "Conscientiousness, for example, has been frequently shown to have a significant impact on professional success. Agreeable people, perhaps not surprisingly, are more popular. We provide test-takers with a personality assessment that gets to the heart of what makes them unique, and helps them realize how their personality impacts all spheres of their life."
Perhaps the most enlightening aspect of TestYourself's test was revealed when the researchers analyzed the impact of the Big 5 on happiness. Results reveal that happy people outscore their unhappy counterparts on Emotional Stability (63 vs. 40), Extroversion (63 vs. 44), Openness (76 vs. 67), Agreeableness (70 vs. 53), and Conscientiousness (69 vs. 54), all showing extraordinary differences both in statistical and practical terms.
While there is much of a debate as to whether personality can be changed, it seems to depend a great deal on personal beliefs. It's undeniable however, that what we think about ourselves and how we define who we are has a significant impact on what we give out to the world in general. As Bruce Barton put it, "If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world, it will come through the expression of your own personality, that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature."
Those who wish to delve into their personality and learn more about themselves can go to: http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/2143
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