Here’s a Valentine’s Day eye-opener for you and a friend or sweetheart.
What I like about it is the researchers’ suggestion that you answer each question twice, once about yourself, and again with another person in mind. They assert, “By rating someone else you will tend to receive a more accurate assessment of your own personality.” (At my house this is known as “being in a relationship”…)
The particular Big Five questions used on the web site are from a research questionnaire known as the Big Five Inventory, developed by Oliver John at UC Berkeley. The researchers explain, “Personality psychologists are interested in what differentiates one person from another and why we behave the way that we do.”
The American Psychological Association identified five factors of personality through a method called “lexical analysis” – “the rational and statistical analysis of words related to personality as found in natural-language dictionaries.”* The five factors are Openness, Extroversion, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, and Emotional Stability.
During this period of time, we have collected personality data from literally millions of people from around the world. Analyses of the data have revealed a number of interesting findings about personality … For example, contrary to [the previously] prevailing view, our findings suggest that personality is not “set like plaster” at age 30; instead it continues to change, with the exact pattern of change depending on the trait.
For more “revealing findings” of your own, have the same person you chose profile herself or himself and you, then compare…
* Wikipedia cites Goldberg, L. R. (1993). The structure of phenotypic personality traits. American Psychologist, 48, 26-34.
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