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Video:What Are the 5 Personality Dimensions

with Dr. Jean Leahy

There are five major personality dimensions that generally determine someone's personality traits. This video from About.com will explain the five personality dimensions.See Transcript

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Transcript:What Are the 5 Personality Dimensions

Hello, I'm Dr. Jean Leahy. I'm a clinical psychologist in private practice in Chicago, and I'm here with About.com. Today, we're going to talk about the top five personality dimensions.

Five Main Personality Dimensions

The "Big Five" are broad categorizations of personality traits. An easy way to remember them is with the acronym OCEAN. OCEAN stands for "Openness," "Conscientiousness," "Extroversion," "Agreeableness," and "Neuroticism." The first is Openness to experience, where one might have an appreciation for art, adventure, and curiosity. The second big five is Conscientiousness, where someone would have self discipline and be open to achievement. They would show plan instead of spontaneous behavior. 

Extroversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism

The third is Extroversion, where one would seek stimulation in the company of others. This person would also show high energy and positive emotion. The fourth trait is Agreeableness, where one would show the tendency to act cooperative and compassionate. You would not see this person acting suspicious or antagonistic. The last trait is Neuroticism, where one can experience unpleasant emotions easily such as anxiety, anger, or vulnerability. Most researchers feel these traits are universal and potentially biological in nature.

To learn more about the Big Five, as well as other traits in psychology, visit us on the web at About.com. 

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