The Big 5 Personality Traits: “Agreeableness”

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The “Big 5” personality traits are Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism, or OCEAN. The Big 5 is considered by many contemporary psychologists to be a reliable way to describe differences in personalities and is arguably the basis of modern personality research.

Agreeableness

One who is agreeable has a proclivity to be compassionate and trusting of others, willing to cooperate with people as opposed to being suspicious towards them. It is common to perceive high Agreeableness as submissiveness and naivete.

Low Agreeableness individuals can be seen to be very competitive and challenging individuals. It is easy for others to distrust low agreeable people as well as dislike them, since they are generally bad-tempered and harsh.

Jordan Peterson mentions that many of the problems that occur in relationships stem from the fact that men tend to be lower in Agreeableness while women generally score higher in Agreeableness.

Final Words

Variations do exist, biological sex is not a guaranteed estimate of one’s Agreeableness levels. Men who are more agreeable are often perceived as being too sensitive or ‘weak’ while women who are less agreeable can be labeled as ‘tomboys’ or tough.

Studies show that low Agreeableness and high Conscientiousness individuals are more likely to be successful in their careers. Furthermore, females with low Agreeableness are generally more successful than agreeable women in their careers, but this isn’t necessarily a determinant of skill or intelligence. People’s differences in personalities simply means they seek different ways to fulfill themselves. Conscientious people find value in work the same way an agreeable person finds value in relationships. Neither is right nor wrong.


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