Personality is what makes us all unique.
Through both genetics and our environment – nature and nurture – our personalities shape and grow from birth. And it’s one of the most interesting areas of research that is also practical.
Growing up you may have heard about the Myers-Briggs Test. Today, though, many researchers refer to the “Big Five” personality traits. These are Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Openness, Extraversion, and Neuroticism. It’s easiest to remember them by it’s acronym CANOE or OCEAN.
But this is far from everything. Research on personality and the many other areas it touches on is pretty vast. Everything from how you interact with people, how you think, what type of music you listen to, and can even predict success in the classroom and in your professional life.
And while people used to think personality was something that was fixed from birth, today they have a much different view. While genetics does play a small factor, many psychologists accept the fact that personality does change over time.