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Studies of the development of the Big Five personality traits....

1. Conscientiousness: organized> disorganized, careful> careless, disciplined> impulsive

2. agreeableness: soft-hearted> ruthless, trusting> suspicious, helpful> uncooperative

3. neuroticism: calm> anxious, secure> insecure, self-satisfied> self-pitying

4. openness: imaginative> practical, preference for variety> preference for routine, indep> conforming

5. extraversion: sociable> retiring, fun-loving> sober, affectionate> reserved

See alsoEdit

Heritability and the Big Five personality traits


  • Halverson, Ch.F. , Kohnstamm, G.A. & Martin, R.P. (Eds.) (1994), The Developing Structure of Temperament and Personality from Infancy to Adulthood. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Ass.
  • Kohnstamm, G.A., Halverson, Ch. F., Mervielde, I. & Havill, V.L., (Eds.) (1998) Parental Descriptions of Child Personality: Developmental Antecedents of the Big Five?. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Ass.
  • Soldz, S., & Vaillant, G. E. (1999). The Big Five personality traits and the life course: A 45-year longitudinal study. Journal of Research in Personality, 33, 208-232.

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