The search for the core personality traits that characterize people has a long history. In recent years, researchers have focused on the Big Five factors of personality: openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism (emotional stability). […]
-A study of the Big Five factors revealed that conscientiousness was the best predictor of both high school and college grade-point average. In this study, openness was the best predictor of SAT verbal scores.
-A study of fifth- to eight-graders found that conscientiousness was linked to better interpersonal relationships: higher-quality friendships, better acceptance by peers, and less victimization by peers. […]
-A longitudinal study of more than 1,200 individuals across seven decades revealed conscientious individuals lived longer from childhood through late adulthood.

John W. Santrock in Adolescence (13th ed.)
8:15 pm, by psychologicalsnippets

A great talk on the importance of introversion that incorporates some known principles of social psychology.

7:39 pm, by psychologicalsnippets

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Screening Out the Introverts

A really interesting article that applies a lot to me personally- how introverts, who may be more drawn than extroverts to academic professions, may be slowly weeded out because of their innate personality qualities that seem to put them at a disadvantage in the current age.

9:29 pm, by psychologicalsnippets

In most settings, people use small talk as a way of relaxing into a new relationship, and only once they’re comfortable do they connect more seriously. Sensitive people seem to do the reverse. They ‘enjoy small talk only after they’ve gone deep,’ says Strickland. ‘When sensitive people are in environments that nurture their authenticity, they laugh and chitchat just as much as anyone else.’

Susan Cain

(Source: intricatelysimple)

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