The Big Five

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The Big Five Model of Personality is five traits that have surfaced repeatedly in factor analyses of personality measures. O.C.E.A.N describes all people, including those with psychological disorders (Lilienfeld 562). Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism are the five dimensions described in O.C.E.A.N. With each dimensions, their are common traits that repeat in them. "Open people tend to be intellectually curious and unconventional. Conscientious people tend to be careful and responsible. Agreeableness is self explanatory, easy to get along with. Neurotic people tend to be tense and moody," (Lilenfeld 562). These traits, like high conscientiousness and low neuroticism are associated with good grades in school, as well as successful job performance.
Within the United States, the Big Five traits differ across geographical regions between states. Not only in the United States, but around the world these traits have a pattern. People from largely individualistic cultures, like the United States, tend to focus on themselves and their personal goals, whereas those from largely collectivist cultures, primarily in Asia, tend to focus on their relations with others (Lilenfeld 563). Even being able to tell if one is a "cat person" or a "dog person" can be predicted by the Big Five. I know environments have an effect on peoples traits and who they are, but if someone were to move, would that affect the person's traits and would they change within the new environment that they are placed in. Has their been a study to where one person's traits changed so drastically that they are a completely new person over time?

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Tell us how the big five can predict cat vs. dog person. What do you think would happen in the new environment? Do you think people express their personality within a range? Pictures and links to outside information would help.

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