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.
Last, fifth trait - Conscientiousness, fifth facet - Self-discipline.
This is a trait similar to dutifulness, only dutifulness is focused on other people and self-discipline is exclusively your own internal structure. Similarly to dutifulness this is a learnt trait and is strengthened by positive experiences. If at some point you "pulled yourself together" and it allowed you to achieve good or better results, then you are more likely to repeat the same behavior. If you want to improve this ability - it would be good to plan such situations for yourself, where you will do something beyond your immediate wish or impulse, usually learning something. Usually we label this trait as will power. It is nearly impossible to overestimate it's importance for any kind of achievement in our life. For example it is a much more significant predictor of academic success than IQ.
Low self-discipline score in NEO PI-R results indicates that you may tend to delay starting tasks, lose interest in work more easily and are quicker to give up. This is not impulsiveness - impulsiveness comes into play when you cannot hold off from doing something, and low self-discipline - when you cannot continue what you started. High score indicated that you have a good capability to take on the tasks and complete them, regardless of the boredom and other distractions. You are able to motivate yourself to fo the job.
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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