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New research from scientists at the University of California, Davis: Read the full study here. 

Researchers found that these 17 qualities are most likely to indicate a “healthy” personality.

In the two-part study that was recently published in one of my favorite reads – the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, study-author Wiebke Bleidorn and her colleagues asked 137 trait psychology experts to identify what a “healthy personality” would look like, according to them.

They based their findings on a surprisingly simple method, in which they rated 30 facets of the five key personality traits, which include:

  • Neuroticism – people who score high on neuroticism are more likely than average to be moody and to experience such feelings as anxiety, worry, fear, anger, frustration, envy, jealousy, guilt, depressed mood and loneliness.
  • Extraversion – all about how outgoing and social a person is. Those who score higher in extraversion on a personality test tend to become the life of every party. They enjoy being with people, participating in social gatherings, and are full of energy.
  • Openness to experience – involves six different facets/dimensions, including active imagination or fantasy, aesthetic sensitivity, attentiveness to inner feelings, preference for variety and intellectual curiosity.
  • Agreeableness – people with a high level of agreeableness in a personality test are typically very warm, friendly and tactful, with an optimistic view of human nature. They tend to get along well with other people.
  • Conscientiousness –  all about being careful, or vigilant. People who score high in conscientiousness tend to want to do their tasks well, and they are most likely to take obligations to others more seriously. They are often seemingly efficient and organized, but not as easy-going and definitely not disorderly.

Their ratings helped researchers create an expert consensus profile of the psychologically healthy individual.

The “healthy” qualities for a personality, according to the study authors, include:

  1. psychologically well-adjusted
  2. open to feelings
  3. ability to resist temptation
  4. straightforward
  5. competent
  6. high self-esteem
  7. spontaneous
  8. responsible
  9. ambitious
  10. good self-regulatory skills
  11. optimistic outlook on the world
  12. clear, stable self-view
  13. low in aggression and meanness
  14. unlikely to exploit others
  15. relatively immune to stress
  16. self-sufficient
  17. warm connection to others

What do you think? Are they right? By Angela Atkinson