I decided to write a bit more about the personality traits - I keep writing about the NEO PI-R inventory and the research using it. So my plan is to write about all thirty facets and five big traits that this inventory reports.
Second trait - Extraversion, fifth facet of it - Activity.
This is a trait defined by adventure, base jumping and carnival. Lead by this trait, people launch into risky, unknown, nor experienced activities in hope of getting a dose of very pleasant one or several sensations tingling experience. It is unlikely that anyone wishes no excitement at all, but the individual optimal level of excitement is different person to person. So if you like surprises - that does not mean your relatives do as well, If you have them - that does not mean your family is not expecting them. This is where respect to individual differences is important!
Excitement may be achieved by various adrenaline related activities (diving, jumping with parachutes, fast driving), unusual behavior (non-conformity, desire to associate with unconventional people, psychodelic experiences), preference of "out of control" activities such as wild parties, drinking and illegal activities. Not everything is recommended, definitely, but brain works as it does. people who seek excitement usually have low tolerance for boredom.
Low score in NEO PI-R report shows that you tend to avoid excitement, you prefer life that would seem boring to people with high score - structured, foreseeable, orderly, with sweet routines. high score indicates that you may tend to seek excitement and stimulation, you like bright colors and noisy environments.
And, finally, I need to remind you that no score is good or bad, each level comes with it's own set of positive and negative influences.
My name is Monika, I am psychologist. I help to deal with daily and difficult questions about behavior, thinking, emotions. I write, counsel and teach.
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