In discussion section this past week, we discussed the big five model of personality through a group activity that was based on each of our Berkeley Personality Profile test results. At the end of the activity, each group learned what category of the big five model they fell under; I was part of the high extraverted and high conscientious group. An extraverted person is someone who is very outgoing and very stimulating. A conscientious person is someone who is responsible and cautious with actions/decisions. Through our group activity I found that the test results were accurate for all of my group members, including myself, as it was evident that the decisions we made for our assignment were a result of each of us being sociable, talkative and assertive (extraversion) as well as organized, diligent, disciplined and dependable (conscientiousness).
I find that the big five model of personality is an important idea because it provides an understanding for the actions, decisions, and attitudes that people have. It also provides clarity for how peoples' personality relates to their way of living and how they interact with others. During our group assignment I found that every single group member participated and made small talk with one another. Though some members took the initiative to be more like leaders of the group, it was evident that my group members are extraverted people because they were quite sociable. My group was the first to finish completing the assignment, which shows that we all are highly conscientious (we completed the task as a team-effort in a timely manner because we were focused, driven, and coordinated).
The big five model of personality can be observed on a day-to-day basis through our daily interactions with other people. An example of the personality of an extraverted person and an introverted person is given in the cartoon clip below. One character is quite talkative and outgoing (extraverted) while the other character keeps to himself, and gets uncomfortable when he is talked to be the other character (who is a stranger).