Your personality affects every goal you have in life: personal, professional, financial, and even spiritual. Learn how your Big Five Personality Traits (conscientiousness, agreeableness, neuroticism, extroversion, and openness) affect your career, relationships, family, and even your health.
Before the tips, a quip:
“From birth to age 18, a girl needs good parents, from 18 to 35 she needs good looks, from 35 to 55 she needs a good personality, and from 55 on she needs cash.” – Sophie Tucker.
If you don’t have good parents or cash — you might want to focus on making the most of your personality traits! To learn more about personality, read Personality: What Makes You the Way You Are.
And, here’s a description of each of the Big Five Personality Traits, plus how they affect your life goals, relationships, and health…
Your Big Five Personality Traits
These personality traits can and do change; they’re known as the Big Five Personality Traits to psychologists. The changes differ in men and women, and don’t change with your mood. It doesn’t matter if you’re thrilled or terrified: you’ll still show signs of your Big Five Personality Traits.
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1. Conscientiousness. Organization, discipline, excellent performance, and dedication (especially in the workplace) are the hallmarks of this trait. Conscientiousness increases as both men and women age, especially during your 20’s. This personality trait can help you achieve your life goals by keeping you focused on the details.
2. Agreeableness. Generous, helpful, friendly, pleasant and easy to be around; these social people usually have strong relationships (and are often extroverts). Researchers found that agreeableness increases during your 30’s, in both men and women. If you’re an agreeable person, you can get other people on side — which will help you achieve both your personal and your professional goals!
3. Neuroticism. Woody Allen exemplifies this personality trait; he worries excessively and seems emotionally unstable and anxious. Neurotics are more likely to struggle with depression and sadness. This trait declines in women as they age, and stays the same in men. Introverts aren’t necessarily neurotic, but their personality traits can cause problems in their lives. Neurotic people may get distracted from their life goals.
4. Openness. Honest, available, curious and willing to try new things are the earmarks of this Big Five Personality Trait! Insight and imagination are part of the daily routine — which will go far in helping you set and achieve life goals. This trait declines slightly as both men and women age.
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5. Extroversion. Extroverts are talkative and assertive; they get energy from groups and being in the spotlight. They think that being alone and quiet isn’t fun at all. Extroversion declines for women and doesn’t change in men. For more info on extroverts, read 7 Tips for Saving Money for Extroverts. With regard to setting and achieving life goals, it doesn’t matter if you’re an introvert or an extrovert.
To find out if you’re an introvert or an extrovert, take this test for introverted personality traits.
For more articles about personality traits, read the Most Popular Personality Articles, Tips, and Tests.
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What do you think of these Big Five Personality Traits — and do you think you can change your personality?