Why do some people love parties and others prefer to stay at home with a book? Why do some people worry endlessly about all the bad things that might happen, while others breeze through life with supreme confidence? Why is Stuart such a nice guy and Tom far less so?
In this episode of The Studies Show, Tom and Stuart discuss personality and the personality tests that are supposed to measure it. They discuss whether it might be the Big Five or the Big Six, what measuring personality is good for, and whether “Grit” is even a thing. Not only that, but for the many, many people who are desperate to know, they both reveal their own personality test results.
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Free site to calculate your Big Five personality profile
Free site to calculate your Big Six (HEXACO) personality profile
Tom’s Big Five personality profile:
Stuart’s Big Five personality profile:
Is it the Big Five or the Big Six? An example of a paper that supports the latter option
Razib Khan’s podcast interview with personality psychologist Brent Roberts
Example of a study on personality and job performance
Paper by Christopher Soto testing the replicability of personality’s associations with life outcomes
Paper showing how “Grit” is really just a re-description of “Conscientiousness”
Severe critique of the Big Five by “a literal banana” (also read the comments!)
Meta-analysis of how personality factors change over time
Meta-analysis of interventions that can change personality factors
The Studies Show is produced by Julian Mayers at Yada Yada Productions.