Anyone totally obsessed with personality quizzes will likely know that the reigning champ in psychology is The Big Five. This test holds that dimensions of personality can be divided into five main personality traits — and, as it turns out, we can also use these traits to deduce what common, everyday habits say about your personality. It's all very well and good knowing what our personality type is, but knowing how that might affect our everyday behaviors could go a long way towards helping explain more about why human beings do what they do.
Instead of classifying people into categories, the Big Five theory describes personalities depending on where the person falls on a spectrum of five distinct traits. Extraversion measures how friendly and social you are; agreeableness looks at well you get on with others; openness to experience compares adventure and caution; and conscientiousness examines carelessness versus meticulousness.
That all sounds a bit ambiguous unless you know what it all means in everyday life, right? Luckily, Science Of Us has the rundown on a recent study which allows us to see how the Big Five traits relate to our day today existence. The research, conducted by by Benjamin P. Chapman and Lewis R. Goldberg and published in Personality and Individual Differences, examined data from the ’90s where previous respondents who answered the Big Five inventory also analyzed questions related to the Act-Frequency Approach, which looks at how everyday, mundane behaviors relate to regular life. After analyzing both sets of data and comparing them, the researchers established a list of things humans often do which correlated to certain Big Five characteristics.