— Better Blokes (@BetterBlokesNZ) April 9, 2020 Psychological researchers often define personality in terms of five core traits, which can be thought of as stable dispositions that drive behavior. The five-factor model of personality encompasses these basic traits: openness to experience conscientiousness extraversion–introversion agreeableness neuroticism The traits, often referred to asContinue Reading To understand why the idea of an addictive personality is flawed, it’s important to first understand what psychologists mean when referring to personality. Personality is comprised of broad, measurable, stable, individual traits that predict behaviour. So by definition, engaging in excessive behaviours cannot be considered a personality trait. Though,Continue Reading The alphabetical list of personality types ends with the fourth category, named Type D for distressed. Individuals in this group are likely to be anxious, lonely, and perhaps even traumatized, all of which cause their mental health to suffer. These individuals may also be vulnerable to cardiovascular disease, butContinue Reading The personality traits that make up the Dark Triad become the core of the toxic personality, in Templer’s view. These include the tendency to exploit others (Machiavellianism), to have little feeling or regard for their fellow human beings (psychopathy), and to seek, to an extreme degree, being the centerContinue Reading

Could it be that people, jubilant and feeling good about themselves after weeks of therapy, are just more positive about everything in their life, nudging their positive personality scores higher? It’s possible, but not all personality traits saw the same effect. Any change in openness to experience wasn’t reliable acrossContinue Reading

The Independent: Personality has greater impact on success than IQ, new research suggests. How much is a child’s future success determined by innate intelligence? Economist James Heckman says it’s not what people think. He likes to ask educated non-scientists — especially politicians and policy makers — how muchContinue Reading