Personality Styles

Just as before, when we plotted neuroticism (N) versus extraversion (E) on X–Y axes, plotting any two of the five main dimensions of personality one against the other in such a manner will yield four different quadrants. The sum total of the four quadrants is referred to as a personality style. Which of the four quadrants a person falls into will determine the nature of his or her personality style.

For example, let’s plot Conscientious (C) on the X axis and Openness (O) on the Y axis. For shorthand, we can denote high scores with a positive (+) sign and low scores with a minus (–) sign. Doing so, we get the result shown in Figure 12.1.

By plotting out the five main factors against one another, we arrive at a total ...

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