Your personality type obviously explains a lot about you, but it doesn’t always pinpoint exactly who you are. There are so many defined aspects of your personality that can be altered and affected daily. Some people believe that we are limited to only the three main social personality types, but luckily for us, researchers officially discovered four new personality types!
Until now there were only these three social personality types:
- Introverts: people who tend to enjoy solo time more than others
- Extroverts: people who thrive in social situations
- Ambiverts: a combination of the two who value alone time, yet craves a certain level of social interaction.
A study recently published in the journal “Nature Human Behavior” identified new character categories as followed: average, reserved, role models and self-centered.
Each of these new personality types highlight a set of character traits that make them unique from the the former list as well as each other.
Researchers from Northwestern University sorted through over 1.5 million responses to four different online questionnaires where volunteers took the time to answer anywhere from 44 to 300 questions. They then focused on the Big Five Personality Traits and compared their new findings to these. From there they were able to narrow their findings down from 16 to 4 major personality types.
So what are these new personality types? Here are the details.
- Average: People who are typically more neurotic, anxious and moody. Based on this research, they are traditionally more outgoing but lessopen on a personal level. According to the study’s author Martin Gerlach, women are more likely fall into this category.
- Reserved: People who are emotionally stable, and are neither neurotic nor open. They may not be extremely extroverted, but they aren’t extremely introverted either. Essentially, these people are laid back and easygoing.
- Role Models: These people are older individuals who’ve had a decent amount of life experience. They are dependable, knowledgeable, and open to new ideas. According to this research, women are more likely to be role models than men.
- Self-Centered: They are described as being highly extroverted, but are not very open, unwilling to agree, and tend to do what they want regardless of what other people think. In simplest terms, they are the total opposite of role models. Research also found that young people with not a lot of life experience fall into this category the most.
This groundbreaking study seemed very interesting when I first heard about the news, but then I actually read about what the new personality traits mean. To be honest, they disappointed me deeply because they basically formalized what the main three social personality types are and added some descriptive adjectives that we already affiliated them with anyway. What is really so damn new about that?
Honestly, it might be a little more interesting in the next few years if they are able to gain more knowledge and really dive into these, but for now, this summarized and slightly altered research isn’t doing anything for me. I guess I can see why they were trying to narrow it down, but how is a role model a personality type? It’s a label that people don’t identify themselves as because it’s something other people would be for you.
Good effort, science, but you have a lot of work to do to convince me on this study.
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