If our writingsВ on personality psychology are any indication, you can learn a lot from the breakdown of your Big 5 personality traits of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. This five-factor model was formalized inВ the earlyВ '90sВ and is based on the common language descriptors of personality. Despite being around for nearly 30 years, it "still holds sway as the prevailing theory of personality," writes Positive Psychology Program.
Unsurprisingly, psychologists have managed to link some of these traitsВ to markersВ of a healthy sex life. According toВ a studyВ published in the Journal of Research in Personality, those who are highly agreeable tend to have more sex while those who rank low inВ neuroticism tend to have more satisfying sex. In other words, those who value being liked by others hadВ sex with their partners more frequently while those who aren't prone to worry, jealousy, anxiety, or moodiness had moreВ satisfying sex.В
To reach this conclusion, the researchers recruited 278 newlywed couples to document their sex lives for two weeks. Each partnerВ kept a personal diary of their own thoughts. All 556 participants also a completed a Big 5 personality test to get a read on how extraverted, agreeable, conscientious, neurotic, and open to new experiences they were. In the end, only the aboveВ twoВ traits influenced a person's sex life in any way; high agreeableness and low neuroticism provedВ to be the winning ticket.
Take a Big 5 personality testВ yourself to see how you compare, and share your thoughts on the study below!