The Big Five Model of Personality was very interesting to me. It makes you think where you fall for each of the 5 traits. Because of this, I decided to take a personality test based on the Big Five and my results really seemed to match me. I scored low on openness to experience, which they said meant I prefer traditional and familiar experiences. I could not agree more. I feel odd if I have to try something brand new and I tend to go with people who seem like they really know what they are doing with something. With this though, I am not completely against new experiences, although they may make me nervous at first. For conscientiousness, I scored very low, which, again, I agree with. I am a very messy person, and I often do not even notice how much of a mess I make. Their comment was that I probably have a messy desk, and I do not think you could get a desk messier than mine. For extraversion and neuroticism I scored really close to the middle, so I guess I am not particular towards either side. I am not the life of the party or a wallflower, and I am not crazy nervous and tense, or calm and tranquil. Finally, for agreeableness, I am not sure if my score always reflects me. I scored lower, which they said meant I can easily express my irritation with others, but I feel this trait of the big five is a bit more tricky, in that people may tend to be more agreeable with strangers than they are with people they are close with. I feel this is my case. I am very agreeable with people I do not know, but put me in the same room as my younger brother for too much time and my unagreeable side will come out very quickly. Now what these scores mean for me and my future I am not sure. I will say that my absolute adoration of cats does not seem to make me very neurotic, although I often tell people that when my kids all leave home I will probably become an old cat lady. Overall, the Big Five model is important, because it lets one know, more or less, the major parts of a person's personality, which can be helpful when getting to know someone. I would love to see more research on the subject and how the traits are used in job predicting.
For my personality test I used outofservice.com/bigfive/
(sidenote: I got the cat people are more neurotic statement from page 563 in the textbook)
And here is my cats and my desk: