“Personality is an unbroken series of successful gestures.”- Scott Fitzgerald
Throughout the generations, experts have worked to better understand the concept of personality, where it originates and how it impacts our decisions in life. Many have developed their own analysis and understanding of this phenomenon, each building upon the knowledge and expertise of those who came before them.
Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud was one such expert, focusing a significant period of his career on the concept of personality development. He believed that our personalities were a response to the childhood events that we had experienced, and created labels for a number of different personality types that he had identified including oral and anally retentive.
In the 1970s two research teams led by Paul Costa and Robert R. McCrae of the National Institutes of Health, and Warren Norman and Lewis Goldberg of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and the University of Oregon teamed up to discover ‘The Big Five.’ This refers to the five dimensions that they believe describe most human character traits including extroversion, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and neuroticism.
In his book ‘Personality: a Psychological Interpretation,’ Gordon Willard Allport defines personality as “the dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his characteristic behavior and thought.”
Today’s concept of psychology involves far more terms, theories, and concepts than ever before. As interest has grown in the general public about these various labels, the prevalence of trivia and online tests claiming to provide answers has multiplied, providing answers to anyone who seeks it. Some of these quizzes are specific, discussing personality in relation to our career choices, or the relationships we seek. They are fun and whimsical ways of viewing an otherwise complicated and in-depth conversation.
Here are some very blunt, very honest descriptions of a number of the most common personality types, and an inside look at how others view you: