Do You Have a Healthy Personality? Here's How to Find Out


Want to know whether your personality traits are considered healthy? In a report published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, researchers at the University of California, Davis, defined what makes a healthy personality and explain that they’ve developed a test you can take to assess yours.

To come up with a healthy personality profile, the researchers used the “big five” personality trait model, focusing on neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. They identified a healthy personality to be one with low levels of neuroticism, high levels of openness to feelings, warmth, positive emotions, and agreeable straightforwardness.

Hundreds of personality psychologists and college students were surveyed to help answer the question of what makes a healthy personality, and the researchers found significant agreement among those surveyed. Then, they used data from 3,000 participants to test their theory by creating a personality profile for each person and giving them a score on the health personality index. Those with higher scores were found to have traits similar to those of the healthy personality prototype the researchers had developed.

Sourced from: University of California, Davis