Big 5 Traits of Personality

Big 5 Traits of Personality

The Big Five was developed using the scientific technique called the lexical approach to first identify these traits.

The lexical approach is actually quite a simple concept to understand. It basically means that personality traits can most easily be identified by examining the words that we use in our day to day language.

The Big Five traits, also commonly known as the five factor model, are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. Each of the traits is measured on a scale from low to high.

Openness to experience

 This trait describes the extent to which someone is willing to try new and novel experiences, embrace creativity and enjoy intellectual pursuits.


This trait is best described as being hardworking, industrious and organized. This trade is often associated with achievement and working towards a goal extroversion.


Extroversion is a trait that is at the core of a number of personality models, sometimes also referred to as insurgency. It describes the desire to engage in social activities, and people who are high on extroversion are often labeled as being talkative, outgoing and outspoken.


This trait is best described as being kind, sincere, empathetic and understanding. People who are highly agreeable often place a high level of importance on getting along with others.


This trait is best described as emotional stability versus instability. Neuroticism is associated with consistent worrying, high anxiety and feeling insecure in friendships and relationships.

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