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.
Third trait - Openness, sixth facet - Values.
Values are very close to our core of the personality, which we rarely change in our life. They help to make the decisions, especially when alternatives are unclear or none of them are good. So it may seem that openness to changes in values is not a good trait. Yet, we cannot predict or control which path your life takes (at least, not all of it), and we cannot guarantee that any change will be only pleasant and enriching. This trait, for example, was critically important when we regained independence and instead of valued trait to adapt to the system - a new trait of freedom and independent self-propelled activity became much more valuable. Sometimes flexibility and openness to new values helps, sometimes it limits - it really depends on the situation and on your intention to use this trait.
Low score in values in NEO PI-R results shows that you may tend to rely on authority figures and respect the traditions, remain conservative - regardless of your political views. High score shows that you are ready to review your political, social or religious views if need arises.
The issue of values is relatively rarely important in work situations (and I refer directly to the responsibilities of the job, not the overall being part of the team in the company area). But, if your job is related to politics, law, other areas where moral aspects are decided or managed - then both openness to changes in values as well as remaining true to the values may be of equal importance.
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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