Many personality traits vary over a spectrum and are not simply on-or-off traits. I thought illustrating multiple spectrum-traits as volume controls such as are found on a sound board would be educational. Here, for example, is my personality based on the famous O.C.E.A.N. 5 personality traits.
O — Openness : reflective, imaginative, creative, adventurous, curious.
C — Conscientiousness : dutiful, desires achievement, likes order and details
E — Extraversion : talks a lot, likes to be center of attention, action oriented.
A — Agreeableness : cooperative, soft hearted, sympathetic,
N — Neuroticism : easily experience anger, anxiety, depression, vulnerability
The point of this post is not to discuss the validity of O.C.E.A.N. 5 though this linked Wiki article tells about studies supporting the heritability of these traits. Instead, I am offering a visual method to think about the differences between people. The point of this post is also not to discuss my personality, but ooops too late, I did (smile). Of course it is common sense that rating one’s own personality is vulnerable to amazing bias. For that reason, I added a little objectivity by asking my wife which controls she would evaluate differently. Of course she laughed and gladly cranked up one and down another — I won’t tell you which – smile !
My actual goal for this post is to get thoughts from readers. I hope to use this “sound board” template to illustrate personality traits which may influence our religious proclivities. Many of this site’s posts are pleas to not look at religious ideas for only their truth value, but to also take into account the influence of both personalities and environment in the believers who hold these ideas and their function in their lives. I have some ideas for such religious traits, and research has probably already been done on them. So I thought I’d ask my readers for their thoughts on this prior to doing a post to illustrate how our personality traits perhaps predispose people to a limited ranges of religious/philosophical speculation. Thank you for your thoughts which will help me in my future post.