Today I was just searching on the pshychology of single children :) because I wanted to know more about myself as usual. While doing that I came across an interesting thing probably some of those of you would have came across this thing. Its called the Big Five Personality traits. These 5 - which I am going to describe below - are the big five measurable personality elements. They are these Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism (can be remembered as OCEAN) It was quite interesting to know these things were considered to be measurable traits. I am quoting wikipedia below.
The Big Five factors and their constituent traits can be summarized as follows:
Openness – (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious). Appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, curiosity, and variety of experience.
Conscientiousness – (efficient/organized vs. easy-going/careless). A tendency to show self-discipline, act dutifully, and aim for achievement; planned rather than spontaneous behavior.
Extraversion – (outgoing/energetic vs. shy/reserved). Energy, positive emotions, surgency, and the tendency to seek stimulation in the company of others.
Agreeableness – (friendly/compassionate vs. cold/unkind). A tendency to be compassionate and cooperative rather than suspicious and antagonistic towards others.
Neuroticism – (sensitive/nervous vs. secure/confident). A tendency to experience unpleasant emotions easily, such as anger, anxiety, depression, or vulnerability.
When I think about it I think I am iventive/curious, efficient/organized, outgoing/energetic, friendly/compassionate, sensitive/nervous. Except for extraversion which for me is very mood specific I think I am sure about the other traits. Its interesting to figure out what you are. But again like duffy says (see my earlier blog 'Instant Life coach') don't let your perception of yourself affect the impressions you make on others.