Take Our Free Personality Test and See Where You Rank for the Big 5 Traits

Do you want to understand your own personality?

Researchers have found that every person–regardless of gender, age or nationality — is made up of 5 basic traits.
  • Openness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extroversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

Fondly known as the Big 5, or OCEAN, these are incredibly helpful for understanding yourself. When you understand your own personality, you are able to ask for your needs, connect more easily, and optimize your behavior. Read below or watch the video to figure out where you fall on the spectrum. You also can take our official quiz to find out your Big 5:

 

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1. Openness

Openness is when someone is curious and openminded to new experiences and knowledge. People who rate high in openness are inventive and curious. People who rate low in openness are consistent and cautious. Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

  • I love adventure.
  • I am imaginative.
  • I am the first to try new activities.

If you agreed, you probably rate high in openness. If you disagreed, you probably rate low in openness.

Special Note: If you rate high in openness, let people in your life know that you love to be challenged. Make sure you have creative outlets to express yourself. You also have to make sure your spouse or partner knows your level of adventure, so your needs are met.

2. Conscientiousness

Conscientiousness describes how organized and dependable you are. People who rate high in conscientiousness are efficient and organized. People who rate low in conscientiousness are more easy-going and laid back. Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

  • I am highly self-disciplined.
  • I am very organized and always come prepared.
  • I like to know the plan rather than be spontaneous.

If you agreed, you probably rate high in conscientiousness. If you disagreed, you probably rate low in conscientiousness.

Special Note: If you rate high in conscientiousness, you want to make sure the people around you respect your desire to have a plan. But don’t get too frustrated with people who rate low in conscientiousness–you can’t blame them for not being organized. It just doesn’t come as naturally.

3. Extroversion

Extroversion describes how you interact with people. People who rate high in extroversion are outgoing and energetic. People who rate low in extroversion are more solitary and reserved. Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

  • I am the life of the party.
  • I don’t mind being the center of attention.
  • I am usually the one to start a conversation with someone.

If you agreed, you probably rate high in extroversion. If you disagreed, you probably rate low in extroversion.

Special Note: If you rate low in extroversion, be sure to not force yourself to try being extroverted. Honor your introversion. You never want to try being something or someone you are not. Think of the places and people who get you excited and stick to those nourishing spots. This helps you stay true to yourself–let the extroverts go to the nightclubs!

4. Agreeableness

Agreeableness is how you feel toward others. People who rate high in agreeableness are friendly and compassionate. People who rate low in agreeableness are more analytical and detached. Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

  • I tend to trust people and give them the benefit of the doubt.
  • I am extremely empathetic.
  • I like to make other people feel at ease.

If you agreed, you rate probably high in agreeableness. If you disagreed, you rate probably low in agreeableness.

Special Note: If you rate low in agreeableness, empathy doesn’t come as naturally to you. So, your partner might say things such as, ‘Don’t you understand me?’ or, ‘Why don’t you get me?’ That’s okay. Know that you have to make more of a mental effort to put yourself in their shoes.

5. Neuroticism

Neuroticism is how you deal with emotions. People who rate high in neuroticism are sensitive and tend to be more nervous. People who rate low in neuroticism tend to be more secure and stable. Do you agree or disagree with these statements?

  • I stress out easily.
  • I tend to be moody.
  • I am a worrier.

If you agreed, you probably rate high in neuroticism. If you disagreed, you probably rate in neuroticism.

Special Note: If you rate high in neuroticism, you have to know your triggers–what makes you worry? And your calmers–what helps you calm down? So you can be more in control of your moods.

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