The Relationship Of Self And Mate Ratings

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In this study, we explored the relationship of self and mate personalities and adapted a shorter version of the BFI (Big Five Inventory) as a tool to facilitate our experiment. We predicted two things: One was that there will be a significant positive correlation between self and mate ratings is all of the Big Five traits (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism) except for Neuroticism, and the second one was that mate ratings will be higher than self rating in ALL traits, but Neuroticism will have self ratings higher than mate rating. Previous research by Figueredo et al. have found that people want to find someone who are closely similar to themselves in terms of positive traits (Figueredo, Sefcek &…show more content…
According to Sigmund Freud’s theory, personality is based on three different pillars: id, ego, and superego. Id consists of our instincts, which was implemented within ourselves since birth. Our Ego handles all aspects of reality and suppresses the Id to not act on instinctive impulse. The superego plays the angelic role in your psyche that tells you right from wrong. These little aspects of personality is what draws attention to your mate. Everyone has their own perspective in what they look for in a relationship. There are some traits that are acquired by individuals that are preferred by others which creates a leverage for mate selection. I prefer my partner to acquire the same personalities as I do because I like familiarity. Married couples may prefer mates with different personalities, so they can accommodate to each others needs (Prince and Baggaley, 1963). My parents have such different personalities but in some ways, it complements each other. My mother has a verbose personality, whereas my father is more quiet and conventional. Observing relationships amongst my peers, many couples break up because one person wants to change the personality of the other, in order to match their own needs. One way to measure personalities, is by using the Big Five Inventory (BFI). The Big five inventory is a self-answered questionnaire that measures the five main personality traits. The Big Five was first introduced by Ernest Tupes and Raymond Christal in
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