I think that the reason for the very small

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I think that the reason for the very small divergences in results between my self- and informant- reports on both openness to experience (+.58) and extraversion (-.58) is the observability of both of those traits. Me and my boyfriend have been together for 7 years, so he has always known me as an outgoing person. We have also been on enough adventures for him to know that I am very open to new experiences. I think it was easy for us to have the highest interjudge agreement score on those categories because of our history together. For the trait of agreeableness, the discrepancy was slightly higher at -1.83. I think that the reason for this discrepancy is that my informant might not be the best at detecting this personality trait because while I might behave in an agreeable manner, my true feelings and thoughts are not available to him 100% of the time. In regard to the trait of conscientiousness, the discrepancy between my self-and informant-reports meant that I see myself as less conscientious than my boyfriend sees me. I think the reason he sees me as more conscientious is because being a mother, I have to push myself to maintain some kind of organization and routine to my life. While it’s not always who I am, the fact that I need to maintain this order in my life has brought out this personality trait more and it’s something that is observable because it has to do with being responsible and organized. The personality trait with the highest divergence was neuroticism. My boyfriend saw me as less neurotic than I see myself. I think this could be due to the fact that I’m not someone who would be considered psychologically well-adjusted. I might be having a bad day and not really express its full extent. I have bad days where I feel like I am crying for everything and then other bad days where I’m just having a bad day but pushing through. My behavior doesn’t always match the way I feel. My boyfriend is also someone who I would consider a highly agreeable person, meaning that he is more likely to describe people in a positive way. I think this could have also influenced why he sees me as higher in some personality traits than I see myself.

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