Many of us are familiar with self-assessment tools that increase our awareness for our preferences and our basic styles for interacting with others and achieving results.

Some of the most common include Myers-Briggs, DiSC, Communication, and Emotional Intelligence.

Another one that may interest you is “The Big 5″ which describe basic traits and are considered by some to be the building block of our personalities. (There are many free assessments available online.)

Think of the word “OCEAN” to remember the components of The Big 5.

  1. Openness – This trait takes into account imagination, insight, and having a broad range of interests. High scorers tend to be original, creative, curious, and complex; Low scorers tend to be conventional, down to earth, with narrow interests, and not especially creative.
  2. Conscientiousness – Common elements include high levels of thoughtfulness, with good impulse control and goal-directed behaviors. High scorers tend to be reliable, well-organized, self-disciplined, and careful; Low scorers tend to be unorganized, and may be viewed as undependable and negligent.
  3. Extroversion – Characteristics are associated with excitability, sociability, talkativeness, assertiveness and high amounts of emotional expressiveness. High scorers tend to be friendly, fun loving, and talkative; Low scorers tend to be introverted, reserved, inhibited, and quiet.
  4. Agreeableness – This includes dimensions such as trust, altruism, kindness, affection, and other prosocial behaviors. High scorers tend to be good-natured, sympathetic, forgiving, and courteous; Low scorers tend to be critical, rude, harsh, and callous.
  5. Neuroticism – Individuals high in this trait tend to experience emotional instability, anxiety, moodiness, irritability, and sadness. High scorers tend to be nervous, high-strung, insecure, and worriers; Low scorers tend to be calm, relaxed, secure, and hardy.

Your results will be impacted by situational variables and plotted on a scale having a range of extremes. This is only one of many tools that increase awareness levels with the ability to enhance levels of influence and build stronger relationships.

Try it out and let us know what you think about your results!

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