There are only 4 types of personality. To which do you belong?

Everyone is different and you cannot argue that point. Numerous attempts to isolate people into categories proved unreliable and illusory. Some of these attempts was delusional and based on self-reports which are not true. However, according to a study published in the journal Nature, Human Behavior, scientists were able to determine that there are only four types of personality. This is the conclusion a team of researchers have come after analyzing the traits of one and a half million people.

It should be noted that in the past there were other attempts to group people according to personality type. The most famous is the system of Myers-Briggs that highlights the 16 archetypes based on Carl Jung’s observations. Currently the system is largely discredited, and the results are contradictory.

The big five

In the study, all subjects took a survey on the allocation of traits the Big five is a personality model of man, which reflects people’s perceptions of each other. As a result, researchers have identified four basic types of personality: “normal”, “closed”, “self-centered” and “role model”. Psychologists believe personality types the big five are more reliable than Myers-Briggs.the quality of the “Big five” are also based on studies in which subjects self-reported themselves, these five personal qualities to successfully coincide with the assessments of peers.

Four types of personality

The new study was conducted at northwestern University by Martin Gerlach, Beatrice Farb, William Revello and Luis A. Nunes Amaral. Despite the fact that scientists again relied on self-reports of subjects, the researchers believe that a large number of respondents allowed their analysis to smooth out any deliberate or unconscious deception in the final results.

The researchers sent questionnaires to the subjects who want more to learn about yourself. There are four types of questionnaire, and the number of questions ranged from 44 to 300. All the questions have been developed over the decades a large number of scientists, including questions to highlight the features of the “Big five”. After data were collected, the researchers used standard modeling algorithms to identify important patterns. Scientists have experimented with different algorithms until I found a model that ultimately showed consistent results: all subjects were divided into three smaller groups and one larger cluster, which they called “average”. When the team tested this approach on two other datasets, you got the same successful results.

Conventional: this type of personality are the average people with high levels of neuroticism and extraversion, but low openness to new experiences. Scientists say that women more often than men fall into this category.

Vicious: vicious personality type characterized by emotional stability. Such people are not too open to new experiences and not neurotic. They are not particularly extraordinary, but honest and somewhat pleasant.

Role model: this type of personality are not neurotic people. They are open to new ideas and experiences and have a role model. By the way, women are more likely than men to be role models.

Egocentric: self-centered people have very high score on extraversion, but all other qualities are below average. As the researchers write, these are the people with whom you don’t want to hang out.