How Does A Person Define Themselves?

1650 Words Dec 12th, 2015 7 Pages
How does a person define themselves? What words describe people? Lazy? Mean? Nice? How have psychologists tried to explain personality? The personality of a person is an incredibly complex idea that is almost impossible to describe without general disagreements of these traits. One way that psychologists attempted to come together and universally agree on personality was the "Big Five" personality traits. The textbook defines a trait as "a consistent tendency in behavior," (Kalat, 2013). This means that every person 's personality is a combination of these five traits somewhere on a spectrum from two extremes. Imagine creating a character in a video game. The physical attributes such as height can be increased or decreased across a slider, from very short to very tall. There are other sliders such as weight or muscle. Together, these attributes make up the physical body of this character. Every human has values in this slider, but the categories remain the same for all humans. The "Big 5" is the same concept, except with personality attributes. One last condition for a trait is that they are broad enough to encompass many other traits, yet at the same time do not interfere with other traits. The "Big Five" are neuroticism, extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness to new experience (McCrae & Costa, 1987). By looking in-depth at the each of these traits, an analysis of a character such as Rick Sanchez from Rick and Morty, can be made using each of these…
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