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What is the Big Five personality trait: Agreeableness?

Agreeableness, a key dimension of the Big Five personality test traits, is typified by attributes such as cooperativeness, politeness, kindness, and friendliness. Individuals with high levels of agreeableness exhibit traits like trust, affection, altruism, and a general tendency towards prosocial behaviors. These people are notably empathetic, often putting others' welfare first, and are usually the ones to offer help when needed. Agreeableness is one of the five major personality dimensions, alongside openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, and emotional stability.

Those high in agreeableness prioritize collective well-being over individual interests, seeking common ground, valuing others' opinions, and fostering harmony rather than conflict. This trait defines one's approach to relationships, focusing on interaction styles and attitudes towards others, which is distinct from extraversion, which emphasizes the pursuit of relationships. Agreeableness is essentially about the quality and nature of one's interactions and orientation towards other people (Ackerman, 2017).

The science of Agreeableness

Agreeableness, commonly used to denote a personality dimension, is just one of many labels for this trait, others include tendermindedness, friendly compliance, love, likability, communion, and conformity. However, it's argued that none of these terms fully encompass the breadth or essence of this personality aspect. Present in all major personality models, Agreeableness is most prominently featured in the Five-Factor model of personality (FFM), derived from studies of the English language aimed at identifying key personality domains for self and others description (Digman, 1990; John & Srivastava, 1999; Wiggins & Pincus, 1992). This research is based on the lexical hypothesis, suggesting that socially-relevant personality traits are embedded in language, reflecting their importance (e.g., Allport, 1937).

Which Big Five personality test facets measure Agreeableness?

The Big Five personality test measures 34 personality facets that are linked to the Big Five personality traits. The facets that measure Agreeableness are:

  • 1. Cooperative - Likes to work in teams 
  • 2. HelpfulHelps colIeagues and other people 
  • 3. ConsiderateIs involved and listens to other people 
  • 4. Openness to feedbackIs open to feedback from others 
  • 5. Avoiding conflictIs flexible and adapts behavior to the situation and the person. 

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