Personality Traits

What is... the five-factor model of personality

What Is… The Five-Factor Model of Personality (The Big Five)

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is the five-factor model of personality. These factors are often referred to as the Big Five. Personality traits are characteristics that are stable across time and across contexts. The five-factor model includes five personality trait dimensions. These are: …

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Insights into psychology series: What is psychopathy

What Is… Psychopathy

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychological terms. This week’s term is psychopathy. Psychopathy is a cluster of personality characteristics. It is sometimes described as a personality disorder or a neuropsychiatric disorder, but it’s not a diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). The diagnosis …

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Loneliness, Social Anxiety, and Introversion–Extroversion

I started the draft for this post quite a while back when I wrote about the COVID pandemic being better suited to introverts than extroverts. I thought I’d treat to tease apart the constructs of loneliness, social anxiety, and introversion/extroversion, similar to a post I did quite some time ago about introversion, shyness, and social …

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What Is… Neuroticism

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is neuroticism. Neuroticism is a personality trait that’s part of the Big Five model of personality. It involves: … the tendency to experience frequent, intense negative emotions associated with a sense of uncontrollability (the perception of inadequate coping) …

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What Is… an Addictive Personality

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week’s term is addictive personality. The concept of an addictive personality, although often referred to in pop psychology, is actually less of a thing than you might think. For there to be an addictive personality, that would suggest that there …

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What Is… Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is obsessive compulsive personality disorder. When people say that someone is “a little OCD,” chances are, what they’re referring to has little, if anything, to do with obsessive compulsive disorder. What they’re talking about is far more like …

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What Is… The Anal Triad of Personality

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms This week’s term is the anal triad. I originally intended to do this post on stubbornness. I couldn’t find much interesting on that, but it led me to obstinacy, which in turn led to the anal triad. We have Sigmund Freud’s …

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What Is… Reactance

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is reactance. Reactance was first described by American psychologist Jack Brehm in 1966. Reactance arises in response to having one’s freedoms threatened, such as being told what to do (or not do). It comes into play with “free …

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“You Can Be a Real Bitch” – Depression and Irritability

Irritability can definitely be an issue sometimes because of my depression. I seem to lose access to all of my more mature self, and revert to what may have worked best when I was five years old. This can have a major impact on my behaviour, and sometimes I have let fly with yelling, screaming, and swearing. This …

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What is… the Dark Triad/Tetrad

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms. This week’s term is the dark triad/dark tetrad. The dark triad was first described in a 2002 paper by psychologists Paulhus and Williams, who happen to be researchers at my alma mater. They studied the three most common “offensive yet non-pathological …

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