Five Factor Model Of Personality

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Personality is defined as the system of feelings, actions and thoughts that differentiate people from one another (Hirsch, Kett, & Trefil, 2002). The most popular way to test someone’s personality is through personality testing, which looks at specific underlying personality traits and makes a conclusion about a person’s overall personality (Goffin, & Christiansen, 2003). One of the most popular personality tests is the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R). The NEO-PI-R is a self-report questionnaire which assess a person’s personality according to the Five Factor Model of Personality (FFM) (NEO-PI-R; Costa & McCrae, 1992). The FFM includes five traits, namely: Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, each with six facets, the five personality traits are often referred to as the Big Five Personality Types (John, & Srivastava, 1999). Due to the test being used on a more frequent basis in more countries it has to be re-assessed in order to determine any biases as well as the fairness and utility of the test within a global, cross-cultural context (McCrae, & Allik, 2002). The Big Five Personality Types Neuroticism In this dimension, neurotic people tend to exhibit tendencies such as fear, sadness, anger, guilt etc. (Rothmann, & Coetzer, 2003). A high score may indicate a person with…show more content…
While people with low openness to experience are more likely to be judgemental, conservative and may even mute their emotions (García, Aluja, García, & Cuevas, 2005). The facets of openness to experience are aesthetics and ideas (NEO-PI-R; Costa & McCrae, 1992). An example of an openness to experience item on the NEO-PI-R would be “As a child, I rarely enjoyed games of make believe” (NEO-PI-R; Costa & McCrae, 1992,

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