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Personality Theory Project
I took the similar minds quiz, this theory is based on the Big Five factors which is called the Five
Factor Model (FFM) which are five dimensions of personality that are used to describe human
personality. The Big Five model is a comprehensive, empirical, data-driven research finding.
Identifying the traits and structure of human personality has been one of the most fundamental goals in
all of psychology. The five broad factors were discovered and defined by several independent sets of
researchers. These researchers began by studying known personality traits and then factor-analyzing
hundreds of measures of these traits (in self-report and questionnaire data, peer ratings, and objective
measures from experimental settings) in order to find the underlying factors of personality.
I scored the highest in orderliness which suggests that I am overly organized, neat, structured and
restrained lacking flexibility, variety, spontaneity and fun. My lowest score was in inquisitiveness
which suggests that I am, at times, small minded, traditional and conventional at the expense of
intellectual curiosity, possibility and progress. My scores in extroversion, emotional stability and
accommodation were mid range.
I think my higher score in orderliness are not a result a one specific experience in my life but a result of
classical conditioning or cognitive-social learning. My mother was and still is very orderly this
includes keeping a very neat home, preparing and following schedules, planning every detail ahead of
time, very hard working and methodical. I have found myself even from a very young age being very
orderly. In adulthood, after the birth of my children, I found the need to have everything in order
increased. Things that I could control such as schedules, cleanliness, having everything in a specific
place, as my mother did, became very important to me. Although I still have the need to have order in
my life, I realize that I can't let it overcome my life. Spending time with my family and enjoying them
is more important than cleaning.
When I was very young my father left and I had very little contact with him growing up. This feeling
of rejection may have led to my low scores in extroversion. Perhaps the fear of rejection may have led
me to become somewhat reclusive, quiet and private. As a child not understanding why he left
sometimes made me think it was something that I did or said wrong so I felt that I should keep quiet for
fear of saying something wrong and having others close leave as well. It took many years, even into
early adulthood to realize that my reclusive behavior pushed people away by not letting ...
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