The Fifth Factor
May the story give you strength. May the belief relieve your pain.
MOHAWK INDIAN HEALER
THE BIG FIVE
In the 1970s, research psychologists summarized the studies on mental and physical health. They identified what came to be called “The Big Five” personality traits most likely to lead to a sense of well-being.1
There’s no mention in this research of the value of enhancing self-esteem, being all we can be, never having guilt, or suffering inner children. Instead, the data show that non-self-focused behaviors are crucial to a good and long life. The Big Five are:
• Extroversion: Reaching out to others is healthier than focusing on yourself.
• Agreeableness: Being compliant and pleasant is healthier than being assertive ...