Big 5 – Not so BIG anymore!



Once upon a couple of decades gone past, personality was studied as a means to understanding the human psyche and the maze of inexplicable building that goes on in the minds and hearts of people.

A major discovery after massive researches and studies was designed as the Big 5. The Big 5 Personality Traits, used to describe all personality traits and their realms are:

opennessconscientiousnessextraversionagreeableness, and neuroticism.

Openness refers to the degree of liberality you possess for trying out new things, new ways, new places or people even.

Conscientiousness is your sense of morality coupled with your organizational efficiency towards the self and others.

Extraversion is your capacity, or inability, whichever may be appropriate, to befriend others and how often and quickly you tend to do so.

Agreeableness is your tendency to have positive feelings and/or vibes for other’s approach towards you, and vice versa.

Neuroticism is your susceptibility to feeling down and negative emoting.

How does one rate one’s self according to these big 5ers? And what impact do these have on our persons?

The OCEAN of traits that this theory has endowed us with happens to help us in analysing people around us and ourselves too. But what difference does this analysis make? Are traits enduring at all times or do they alter and submerge and emerge altogether in entirely contrasting  manners? By definition, traits are enduring, but I beg to differ.

I believe I can and have amended my characteristics over the passage of time. Habits and ingrained routine behavior and even innate decision-making routines can be changed, according to needs and through experiences that you go through.

Can a quiet, shy and incredibly introverted soul turn into a social butterfly?

Can a pious, righteous and moral being walk the demonic path?

Can we morph into something that we weren’t born as?


Is the metamorphosis beneficial? Should you change?

Ask yourself, are you where you want to be? Are you equipped with the skills and traits that would take you where you wish to be one day?

If not, then how do you need to fix yourself. Find the faults and spaces that need filling and start piecing everything back and evolve into what you should be. It takes guts to unfreeze the way you do things and freeze them into newer and more appropriate mannerisms.

Change or the change shall change you. Be the change that leads you to a greater future.


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