Conscientiousness: the Alpha Trait? (And How You Can Improve Yours)

Conscientiousness is one of the five personality traits described in the Big Five model of personality psychology. It's used to describe a person's tendency to be organized and goal-oriented.

Someone with a high degree of conscientiousness is self-disciplined, efficient, orderly and methodical. They place a lot of importance on getting stuff done - and getting it done properly. They turn up on time, meet deadlines and follow the rules.

It's hardly the most tantalizing trait in the pack.

The ENFP's Simple 5 Step Guide to Choosing a Career

If you're an ENFP, there are a host of career options and opportunities available that will utilize your unique personality. There’s only one catch – ENFP personality types may have difficulty choosing and sticking with a particular career path. Their propensity to leap before looking can lead to a circuitous or meandering travel from job to job; flitting from one to another without purpose or plan. While this is a great way to explore a myriad of positions and experiment with different fields of endeavor, it’s not necessarily the most strategic approach.

5 Super Successful Introverts, and What They Did Right

We’re living in the era of the introvert. The introspective professional is reaching paramount success over and over again.

Category: Famous Types

Where Are All the Female (Fictional) INTJs?

Not long ago, I was trying to think of fictional female INTJs, because that’s what one does when one is a nonfictional female INTJ with too much time to think. It’s a glamorous life.

I then realized that I could not think of a single fictional counterpart for myself. A friend helpfully pointed out that both main characters in Silence of the Lambs—Hannibal Lecter (male) and Clarice Starling (female)—are INTJ personality types.

So my list increased from zero to one.

The INTP's Guide to Dealing With Emotions

As an INTP your world is nearly entirely based on your finely tuned, logically constructed framework of the world.

You understand how most things work, and you are confident in your abilities. Through trial and error, you have built a real understanding of most things in life.

Unfortunately, at some point in your life you realize, "Hey, I got feelings, and logic isn't helping anymore."

Opposites Attract: The True Story of an ENFP Married (Happily!) to an ISTJ

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked how I’ve managed to stay married for as long as I have. “Y’all are SO different,” my southern friends will exclaim, stretching the “so” into five syllables. And, we are exactly that – quite different. The last time we took a personality test together our data analyst winced. “You two are – married?" he asked in a confused tone, part disbelief, part pity. “Oh, my.”

The Art of Saying "No"

“No.” It may be an easy word to pronounce, but it sure can be a difficult one to say aloud. No.

Chances are you’ve been in a situation where someone asked something of you and you didn’t know what to say. You felt like the proverbial deer in headlights – caught off guard – wanting to say no and not knowing how to do so gracefully.

Be Your Own Matchmaker: How to Identify Personality Type from an Online Dating Profile

Online dating is a lot like selecting a flavor of ice cream—there are lots of choices, but one isn’t necessarily as good as the next.

The 4 Personality Types of Successful Entrepreneurs

We all know the guy who has a million business ideas. At parties, he’s cornering someone with an energetic demonstration of his latest invention. On Facebook, he’s spewing a constant stream of Tim Ferriss quotes. If you don’t consider yourself entrepreneurial, or even if you do, you may wonder: what makes some people motivated to start their own business? Do you have to be a certain personality type to strike out on your own, or do all of us have the potential to transform ourselves into successful business owners?

5 Careers for INFPs Who Want to Earn a Healthy Salary

Freewheeling, independent-spirited INFPs don’t just want any job. If you've scored as INFP on a personality test, you know that you want to do something you care deeply about. You want a career that ignites your passion, expresses your values and contributes something good to the world. And you want to do it all on your own terms.

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