Personality Traits

Personality entails how individuals behave and interact with others as well as how they act to stimuli such as happiness, grief, success and other forms of actions that stimulate their emotions. Personality affects our degree of patient and responsibility in different circumstances. It is not possible for people to change their personality though capable of altering some aspects of the personality by taking active, determined and well-calculated steps with the aim of becoming more balanced persons (Guenther, Brust, Dersen, & Trillmich, 2014). Our personality affects those surrounding us in a number of ways. For example, acts of charity towards others as a result of positive personality can brighten their day while acts of hatred can drop their mood.


Big Five Personality Test

Personality is grouped into five major categories that determine the kind of an individual a person is. The prominent five personalities that affect my behavior and interaction with others are Openness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism. Firstly, openness is the act of appreciating art, accommodating new adventures, imagining new concepts especially those in abstract state and a variety of experience (Karasik, & Gillespie, 2014). My personality entails openness that is coupled with significant intellectual curiosity and willingness to try new things. Am not satisfied with a one-sided approach to issues and will always devise ways of solving problems rather than relying on the ordinary means. I rarely hold orthodox beliefs and do all possible things to ensure I develop my ways of handling complicated aspects that cannot be addressed using the known conventional methods. For instance, my intellectual openness has helped me to formulate new formulas for calculating complex mathematical operations that the methods used by tutors cannot allow me to arrive at the right answers. My openness to ideas helps me understand things quickly especially academic work. My intellectual curiosity, aesthetic sensitivity, and sensation seeking attitude enable me to adopt a deep learning attitude. Am intrinsically motivated and prefer immersing myself in the learning experience. I lose the sense of time always when learning and am always interested in numerous topics of a subject matter. Also, the open personality helps me in dealing with abstract things such as thinking of a concept and imagining how I can attain success within a short time as possible. Abstract thinking helps me in developing new ways of dealing with the real phenomenon.

The second personality trait is consciousness. It entails an individual’s ability to display self-discipline, acting responsibly, being dependent and aiming for the achievement of specific goals that are determined by set criteria or societal expectations. It also entails the control and regulation of emotions to avoid hurting or being hurt by others. Consciousness involves planned behavior with appropriate mechanisms put in place in ensuring that deviations are corrected to ensure that the predetermined objectives are met (Guenther, Brust, Dersen, & Trillmich, 2014). I have a weak consciousness, and most of my activities are spontaneous rather than planned. I also love being independent and doing things that I find right for me regardless of whether they will hurt others or not. My curiosity for adventure leads me in exploring places that I am not conscious of, and this has helped me grow my courage, self-security and a feeling of a grown-up individual who should stand on his own. My organization is moderate since it depends on how activities am doing unfold and therefore I cannot plan what I do. I also do not have predetermined goals since most of the time I engage in activities that are new to me, and whose expected outcome is not known. Though I have moderate organization capability, I always put things in order and am always prepared to take a new role assigned to me.

The third aspect of personality is extraversion which is characterized by sociability, talkativeness, and assertiveness. I enjoy the company of my peers and love interacting with people within my surrounding, and my peers always perceive me as energetic. Am always enthusiastic and goal oriented.  People easily recognize me while in a group due to my talkative and assertive behavior. I enjoy parting; feel comfortable when with my peers. Also, I don’t mind when I become the center of attention, and in most situations, I start up conversations.

Agreeableness is another component of personality that entails being cooperative rather than being also involves being helpful of others as well as trusting friends (Specht Luhmann & Geiser, 2014). I consider others through my works of charity as well as comprising my stand for the sake of fulfilling my friends’ interests. I trust my friends and am always kind to them.

The last personality component is Neuroticism which entails an individual being a victim of psychological stress due to possession of feelings of depression and vulnerability. I don’t experience feelings of unpleasant emotions, anger, anxiety or depression. This is because I don’t fix positivity outcome to every activity I carry out hence not easily affected by the adverse result.

I have significant strength from the big five personality strengths. My openness to new ideas makes me accommodate information that helps in building my knowledge base and managing the societal challenges that are brought by advances in technology and other demographic dynamics. Also, my consciousness helps me in getting along with others without hurting their feelings. This has enabled me to create strong relationships with my peers, a factor that has significantly contributed to my success.

I have noted a number of weaknesses in my big five personality aspects. My openness to ideas and opinions from others has led to my failure to meet goals. I am more ready to allow other people’s thoughts to influence my activities, aspects that have limited my ability to accomplish plans I have set for myself. Also, my conscious personality allows me to be flexible in handling emerging aspects. This has led me to fail to plan my programs logically due to the feeling that everything plan is subject to change. This has led wastage of time due to failure to have criteria for measuring the degree of success as well as the absence of deliverables in each activity.

Also, my agreeableness attitude has made me to over-trust friends making me a victim of trust. I have lost material resources through friends after trusting them for appropriate utilization and returning them in the right conditions, a dream that never came true. Also, due to my curiosity, I don’t align with the group’s goals and will explore the world and get new knowledge. This has made some of the friends expel me due to my inconsistency in group attendance as well as failure to take part in the group’s activities. I need to improve on trust and my strategies for enhancing good group interactions. This can be done through thorough research on my friends to establish their faithfulness on agreements before entrusting them with my material resources. Also, my improvement in group coherence will involve taking initiatives in requesting to be granted roles in the group as this will aid in keeping me active with group activities.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence entails the ability of one to identify, manage and control emotions. It is one’s ability to monitor their feelings as well as the feelings of others. It helps in having empathy with our peers, engaging in deep conversations with our fellow staff and students, significant others as and managing unruly children or peers. Emotional intelligent is comprised of five elements which have affected my interaction with others (Guenther, Brust, Dersen, & Trillmich, 2014). Firstly, I am always self-aware of my feelings, and I recognize how my emotions affect others around me. I do accurate self-assessment to establish my strength and weakness in all the activities I carry out. Also, I have self-confidence, and I am always sure of my self-worth, abilities and always believe that I am a successful person.

Secondly, I do not only know my emotions, but I also manage and regulate them. I have a high degree of self-control which helps me in managing disruptive events that could bring my impulses off-balance. My trust and love for peers make me improve my trustworthiness by maintaining a high degree of honesty and integrity. I always take responsibility for my actions especially those resulting in adverse outcomes which could negatively affect other people by devising ways of correcting them before severe consequences manifest. Also, I am open to change and hardly affected by societal changes that take place regularly. This is because I set goals which are subject to adjustment to avoid feelings of shame and inadequacy that emerge as a result of unmet aspirations. Lastly, I am open to new information and ideas especially those that will challenge my self-esteem, abilities, and awareness as I believe they will improve my ability to manage different situations as well as improving my confidence and self-esteem.

The third component of emotional intelligence is self-motivation which enables me to take new adventures and explore the unknown. I have a significant drive for achievement since I always strive to go beyond the societal standards for success especially in my academic work. I have the readiness to act on new opportunities that seem profitable with a high level of optimism in pursuing risky goals full of obstacles and setbacks because I have the belief that there is light at the end of the tunnel. However, I don’t have a strong commitment to the goals of the group especially when the activities involved are too familiar to offer me with new skills and experience. This makes some of the groups I join fail to engage me in some of their activities.

Furthermore, emotional intelligence puts great emphasis on empathy which is a prerequisite for strong bonds in social groups. I sense other people’s feelings and strive not to hurt them with my actions. I also sense what other people need to keep them going and I do my best to ensure I motivate them by granting their requests as well as bolstering their capabilities. Lastly, I possess a high degree of social skills due to my openness attitude and the willingness to interact with others. My communication is clear since I send clear and persuasive messages to my peers and in most cases, this ability has enabled me to be positioned at the center of leadership in groups. I love change and therefore act as a change catalyst, with the aim of experiencing new knowledge and encounters. I possess good conflict management skills, and I have been a resourceful person in negotiating and resolving misunderstandings among my classmates and family members. I build strong bonds and nurture constructive relationships which act as bridges for individual and group success. Also, I collaborate with others, especially classmates towards the achievement of a shared goal.

Communication Strength and Weakness

Communication plays a vital role in our life at it forms the foundation of interaction between people. Different modes of communication are employed, the most notable ones being verbal and non-verbal. My strength while addressing the public includes the ability to speak clearly on points that I have comprehensively researched. I am also able to identify the common ground for the audience before speaking and these aids in their understanding of the subject matter. However, my weakness in this category is that I am a fast speaker as well as speaking on points that are not in line with the topic. This makes my audience lose the track leading to a communication breakdown. I also tend to be nervous especially when speaking to people who are unfamiliar because I get the feeling that the audience is more focused on me instead of the information am presenting. This makes me talk so fast so that I can quickly end my speech. This causes my audience to fail to understand the relevance of my topic.

My strength in communicating with my peers is different from my verbal communication with my family as well as the significant others. When with peers, I tend to be a passive speaker and allow them to vent more so that I can capture some information I was not aware of. However, while in the company of significant other and family members, I tend to add more stories obtained from my explorations to attract their attention. Some of the weakness is that I fail to point out the right time to add more personal stories in the conversation. Also, my quietness at some point when talking to peers hinders me from making new acquaintances. I enjoy talking with people and have the capability to listen attentively and give constructive feedback. I enjoy conversing with people from diverse cultures, and this gives me a chance to learn about lifestyles, beliefs, and customs of other people. However, I limit my conservation to a few people at a time. Conversing with a large group of people makes me nervous, and at some point, I forget what I had to speak.

Also, communication with people from other backgrounds becomes difficult since I have a challenge in the pronunciation of some basic terms, a factor that could lead my audience to fail to understand what I meant with particular words. I, therefore, feel like I am in another world since my conversation is different from them, something that discourages me further from speaking. I have found communication easy depending on the topic being discussed. I remain passive especially when I don’t understand the subject matter so that I may prevent being the laughing stock of the group. This has led me to establish the authenticity of my answer before responding. I have found communication easy depending on the topic being discussed. I remain passive especially when I don’t understand the subject matter so that I may prevent being the laughing stock of the group. This has led me to establish the authenticity of my answer before responding. When it comes to written communication, am proud of my ability to construct good paragraphs that are organized based on the framework of my paper. However, I make some minor spelling and other grammatical errors that cause my message to lose meaning from what I intended. I have a number of weaknesses when it comes to non-verbal communication. At a number of incidences, my body language is not in line with my spoken words, a factor that creates a contradiction on what I stand for in the communication.


My personality is essential in establishing who I am and what I stand for in society. Attainment of my set goals depends on my willingness to accommodate opinions, curiosity to get new experiences and ability to get along with others. Communication also plays a significant role in defining one’s personality as it dictates how one interacts with others. My strong communication skills enable me to articulate issues as well as developing ideas that are not only of benefit to me but also to those I associate with. Establishing my strength and weakness will enable me to have a strong personality as well as understanding myself better.







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