12 - Seeking, Positive Emotions, Warmth o Agreeableness...

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Pages 298-306 Big 5 traits The "big five" are broad categories of personality traits. While there is a significant body of literature supporting this five-factor model of personality, researchers don't always agree on the exact labels for each dimension. However, these five categories are usually described as follows: It is important to note that each of the five personality factors represents a range between two extremes. o For example, extraversion represents a continuum between extreme extraversion and extreme introversion. In the real world, most people lie somewhere in between the two polar ends of each dimension. o Openness – Fantasy, Aesthetics, Feelings, Ideas, Actions, Values o Conscientiousness – Self-discipline, Dutifulness, Competence, Order, Deliberation, Achievement Striving o Extraversion – Gregariousness, Activity Level, Assertiveness, Excitement
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Unformatted text preview: Seeking, Positive Emotions, Warmth o Agreeableness Straightforwardness, Trust, Altruism, Modesty, Tendermindedness, Compliance o Neuroticism Anxiety, Self-consciousness, Depression, Vulnerability, Impulsiveness, Angry hostility Potential problems with the theory o Situationist vs Trait problem: Traits are supposed to be stable, but the research shows some variability. Is the variability too much for traits to be useful? o If personality changes over time or due to therapy, how and why does it change? o How is personality organized? Is personality a bundle of traits or is an important aspect of personality the way traits are organized. o Also, does knowing something about a persons 5 traits or 30 factors tell us what we need to know about that person? Is there more to a person than their traits (self concept, cognitive styles, etc....
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