A Persoanlity Paper

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Introduction
The human personality is one of the most challenging fields to ever grace the field of psychology. This is because there is nothing as varied and as multi – dimensional as personality. Many definitions of personality have been suggested by various theorists over the years, such as Allport (1961) who describes personality as ‘a dynamic organisation, inside the person, of psychophysical systems that create the person’s characteristic patterns of behaviour, thoughts and feelings.’ In other words, a personality is a synthesis of our behaviours under present circumstances which allows us to combine what we know from our past experiences and allows us to make predictions regarding our future behaviour. The term ‘behaviour’ here encompasses all actions and emotions which we might experience.
The ‘Big Five Personality Traits’ as they are collectively called, are comprised of the five following traits: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism. According to McCrae and Costa, human personality can be categorized separately along each of these five scales, which are graded from the 0 – 100th percentile. Since no two person can have the same score across all five scales, this test takes the uniqueness of each human personality into account.

Discussion
Recently, I myself have taken the test as part of my individual assignment for my Personality Development class. In my opinion, the test does tell the truth about me, to a certain extent. Although I cannot attest to the degree of accuracy of the percentiles of the test to my personality traits, I can, however, say that I generally agree with the conclusions reached in the test with regards to my own personality. I will discuss the findings for each of the five traits below.
Openness to Experience
The first trait discussed in the ‘Big Five Personality…...

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