The self-analysis of your personality.

Essay by ldybg08University, Master'sA+, October 2003

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There are many different theories on personality and many different approaches. I am going to talk about the Trait, Cognitive, and Motivational approaches and how they apply to me as an individual.


Trait theory is based on several assumptions. The first assumption is that any difference between people that is seen as significant will have a name. The second is that these names, knows as traits, and are conceived of as continuous dimensions. In general, Trait Theory assumes that people vary simultaneously on a number of personality factors.

The Trait Theory that I am going to use, is the Five-Factor Model (FFM), or The Big Five. The FFM says that the five major categories of traits are Open mindedness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. (OCEAN) In order to apply the FFM theory to my life, I tool the NEO-PI test. I will list my results while trying to explain more about myself.

Extraversion is marked by pronounced engagement with the external world. Extraverts enjoy being with people, are full of energy, and often experience positive emotions. They tend to be enthusiastic and action-oriented They like to talk in groups, assert themselves, and draw attention to themselves. I scored "high" on the Extraversion part of the test. This means that I am sociable, outgoing, energetic, and lively. I prefer to be around people much of the time. It rated me on subcategories under extraversion. In order from the highest (most noticeable traits in me) to the lowest (traits that are not strong in me) here is how I scored: Friendliness, Gregariousness, Assertiveness, Activity Level, Excitement seeking, Cheerfulness. I was very disappointed to not be considered more cheerful.

Agreeableness reflects individual differences in concern with cooperation and social harmony. Agreeable individuals value getting along with others. They are therefore considerate,