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You probably have some idea of your own personality type — are you bubbly or reserved, sensitive or thick-skinned?
Psychologists who try to tease out the science of who we are define personality as individual differences in the way people tend to think, feel and behave.
Speaking of experimental drug use, California's try-anything culture is no myth.
A study of personality traits across the United States released in 2013 found that openness is most prevalent on the West Coast.
There are many ways to measure personality, but psychologists have mostly given up on trying to divide humanity neatly into types. The most widely accepted of these traits are the Big Five: Conveniently, you can remember these traits with the handy OCEAN mnemonic (or, if you prefer, CANOE works, too).
The Big Five are the ingredients that make up each individual's personality.
The more of an extravert someone is, the more of a social butterfly they are.
To understand neuroticism, look no further than George Costanza of the long-running sitcom "Seinfeld." George is famous for his neuroses, which the show blames on his dysfunctional parents.Men who are high in agreeableness are judged to be better dancers by women, suggesting that body movement can signal personality.(Conscientiousness also makes for good dancers, according to the same 2011 study.) But in the workplace, disagreeable men actually earn more than agreeable guys.The motto of the open individual might be "Variety is the spice of life." People low in openness are just the opposite: They prefer to stick to their habits, avoid new experiences and probably aren't the most adventurous eaters.Changing personality is usually considered a tough process, but openness is a personality trait that's been shown to be subject to change in adulthood.