Openness

“No one ever understands quite their own artful dodges to escape from the grim shadow of self-knowledge.”

– Joseph Conrad

The study of personality and how to measure it in people has been ongoing in psychology for over 60 years. In the 1970s, two research teams, one from the National Institute of Health and the other from the University of Michigan, discovered that most human traits can be described using five dimensions (McRae & John, 1992). These five dimensions are openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, and neuroticism.

One of these “big five,” openness, is critical to self-awareness. Openness is defined as a personality trait that seeks novelty and likes to be creative. People low in the openness subdimension ...

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