The Famous Big 5 Personality Test Might Not Reveal The True You

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What kind of person are you? That's the question that a personality test called the Big Five seeks to answer. You respond to a series of statements about yourself – everything from "I have a kind word for everyone" to "I get chores done right away" – by agreeing, disagreeing or being neutral. Your final score gauges you on a quintet of characteristics: Openness, Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Extroversion and Neuroticism (or Emotional Stability, depending on which version of the test you take). Why these five traits? Starting in the 1940s psychologists began asking people how they'd describe themselves or another person's personality. "They arrived at pretty much the same set of five dimensions," says Christopher Soto , a psychologist at Colby...

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The Famous Big 5 Personality Test Might Not Reveal The True You

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