Essay on The Five Factor Model Of Personality

1037 Words Nov 18th, 2015 null Page
According to the findings of the Five Factor Model of personality, I have a relatively balanced score on a number of the key traits. For example, on the continuum of extroversion versus introversion, I scored moderately high in both categories, indicating that I am comfortable being around other people and also being alone. I also scored moderate on the quality of contentiousness, indicating I am always struggling between being organized and disorganized, which is also true. I scored extremely high on agreeableness, indicating that I am basically a trusting and friendly person. In general, I believe this speaks well of my mental health. But I scored high for the trait of neuroticism, which indicates that I can be emotional and insecure (i.e., I worry a great deal). I also ranked high on the trait of openness, on seeking out new experiences and being open-minded. This indicates that I am open to new ideas and enjoy creative and novel things. There has been a great deal of criticism of the Five Factor theory of personality in recent decades. The first criticism is that it views personality as a universal biological construct existing throughout the ages, as something that is unaffected by culture. “In five factor-theory, the biological and psychological measures associated with the trait structures are unspecified” (Cervone & Pervin, 2013, p. 277). Personality could be a function of biology, culture or epigenetics (the ways in which genes are influenced by the environment).…

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