Over the past few decades, psychologists have come up with very robust personality tests. The culmination of this extensive research is the Big Five Personality Test or Big Five Inventory (BFI).
As the name suggests, the test measures human personality on five big or broad dimensions. These dimensions are Extraversion (or Extroversion), Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness. These five personality dimensions are universal and are the products of both nature and nurture. Although these traits can change with experience, studies have found that they tend to remain stable during the course of adulthood.
Each dimension on the Big Five Personality Test is one end of the two extremes of a scale. Hence, Extraversion represents one end of the Extraversion-Introversion scale. The other scales are Agreeableness vs Antagonism, Conscientiousness vs Lack of direction, Neuroticism vs Emotional stability and Openness vs Closeness to experience. Most people lie somewhere near the middle of these scales.
Taking the Big Five Personality Test
The test consists of 44 items and for each item, you have to choose an answer on a 5-point scale ranging from ‘Disagree strongly’ to ‘Agree strongly’. Choose the option that best describes you. Your personal information will not be taken and your results will be kept confidential. The test takes around 5-10 minutes to complete.
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