catalyst challenge, day 3: the big five

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Relaxing Music for the month: Awakening: Liquid Mind (12:11) –

Note: Please enjoy the relaxing music while completing the assessment!

The Big Five Personality Test

This is one of the newer assessments we’ve included as part of the Character Resume.

The Big Five Personality Test measures the five personality factors that psychologists have determined are core to our personality makeup. Each trait represents a continuum; individuals can fall anywhere on the continuum for each trait. The Big Five remain relatively stable throughout most of one’s lifetime. They are influenced significantly by both genes and the environment, with an estimated heritability of 50%. The Five Factors of personality are (from

  • Openness – How open a person is to new ideas and experiences.
  • Conscientiousness – How goal-directed, persistent, and organized a person is.
  • Extraversion – How much a person is energized by the outside world.
  • Agreeableness – How much a person puts others’ interests and needs ahead of their own.
  • Neuroticism – How sensitive a person is to stress and negative emotional triggers.

The Big Five model of personality is widely considered to be the most scientifically robust way to describe personality differences. When you take this assessment, you will receive a score/percentage for each of the five categories, the higher the score (0-100%), the more likely that attribute is a part of your makeup. I haven’t found a site with an interpretation of the percentages, so for this activity, consider any percentage below 50% as low, above 50% as high.

Take the FREE test here: (Alternative Tests can be found at: (1); (2); (3) Big Five Personality Test –

Here’s a description of the five traits:

  • Openness – describes a person’s tendency to think in abstract, complex ways. High scorers tend to be creative, adventurous, and intellectual. They enjoy playing with ideas and discovering novel experiences. Low scorers tend to be practical, conventional, and focused on the concrete. They tend to avoid the unknown and follow traditional ways. Openness is strongly related to a person’s interest in art and culture. People who are high in openness tend to enjoy the arts and seek out unusual, complex forms of self-expression. People who are low in openness are often suspicious of the arts and prefer to focus on more practical pursuits.
  • Conscientiousness – describes a person’s ability to exercise self-discipline and control in order to pursue their goals. High scorers are organized and determined, and are able to forego immediate gratification for the sake of long-term achievement. Low scorers are impulsive and easily sidetracked. The concept of Conscientiousness focuses on a dilemma we all face: shall I do what feels good now, or instead do what is less fun but will pay off in the future? Some people are more likely to choose fun in the moment, and thus are low in Conscientiousness. Others are more likely to work doggedly toward their goals, and thus are high in this trait.
  • Extraversion – describes a person’s inclination to seek stimulation from the outside world, especially in the form of attention from other people. Extraverts engage actively with others to earn friendship, admiration, power, status, excitement, and romance. Introverts, on the other hand, conserve their energy, and do not work as hard to earn these social rewards. Extraversion seems to be related to the emotional payoff that a person gets from achieving a goal. While everyone experiences victories in life, it seems that extroverts are especially thrilled by these victories, especially when they earn the attention of others. Getting a promotion, finding a new romance, or winning an award are all likely to bring an extrovert great joy. In contrast, introverts do not experience as much of a “high” from social achievements. They tend to be more content with simple, quiet lives, and rarely seek attention from others.
  • Agreeableness – describes a person’s tendency to put others’ needs ahead of their own, and to cooperate rather than compete with others. People who are high in Agreeableness experience a great deal of empathy and tend to get pleasure out of serving and taking care of others. They are usually trusting and forgiving. People who are low in Agreeableness tend to experience less empathy and put their own concerns ahead of others. Low scorers are often described as hostile, competitive, and antagonistic. They tend to have more conflictual relationships and often fall out with people.
  • Neuroticism  – describes a person’s tendency to experience negative emotions, including fear, sadness, anxiety, guilt, and shame. While everyone experiences these emotions from time to time, some people are more prone to them than others. This trait can be thought of as an alarm system. People experience negative emotions as a sign that something is wrong in the world. You may be in danger, so you feel fear. Or you may have done something morally wrong, so you feel guilty. However, not everyone has the same reaction to a given situation. High Neuroticism scorers are more likely to react to a situation with fear, anger, sadness, and the like. Low Neuroticism scorers are more likely to brush off their misfortune and move on.

Understanding your Big Five have been known to predict certain important life outcomes such as education and health.

For further explanation and descriptions/characteristics, check out these links:

Have fun!

Bill’s Big Five Test Results

  • Scores:
    • Openness: 87
    • Conscientiousness: 85
    • Extraversion: 52
    • Agreeableness: 45
    • Neuroticism: 68
  • Characteristics: ambitious; self-disciplined; deliberate; thoughtful; anxious; vulnerable; creative; unconventional

Catalyst Challenge Worksheet

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