Who am I? The answer to this question provides information about your personality. But how can you determine your personality? The most frequently used and best researched personality theory is the big five personality theory. Decades of worldwide psychological research show that you can describe someone's personality through five dimensions, the so-called Big Five. These dimensions are extraversion, friendliness, emotional stability, orderliness and openness. Per dimension, you can either score high, low or somewhere in between. There are no bad scores.
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You can use the five personality traits to explain who you are and find or create a (work) environment that matches your personality. These traits are extraversion, friendliness, emotional stability, orderliness and openness.
Most people score very high or very low on one or two traits. On the other scales, they are somewhere in the middle. Read through the five traits and name someone who is a good example of a high or low score for each trait. Which of your friends or colleagues is very outgoing, who scores lowest on agreeableness (is very competitive), who is generally very well organised? When you do this per scale, you'll see that you can find an example of someone with a very high or low score for each scale. Most other people you know are somewhere between these two and have a more average score. On which scale or scales do you score high or low?
Halfway through the previous century, American researchers examined the words people use to describe or characterise each other. It turns out that when you cluster these words, you're left with five traits. Time and time again, later research has shown that people describe each other and themselves based on traits that can be subdivided into five categories. These five categories form the basis for the Big Five personality theory. The Big Five personality theory is a great example of a theory based on empirical research. New studies also continue to confirm the five traits established with the Big Five personality theory.