High in agreeableness (Accommodating/Friendly/Compassionate)

People classified as high in agreeableness tend to be considerate, kind, generous, and cooperative. They genuinely care about other people and their feelings, which makes them more likable and trustworthy. They are also often religious and generally trusting individuals. Agreeableness has been divided into two different categories, which are Compassion and Politeness. While Compassion is more about people who are moved by empathy and adepts of liberal and egalitarian ideals, Politeness is connected to honor, and people who are stronger in this trait also tend to be more conservative.

According to Jordan B. Peterson[1], their focus is on other people. Because they are so caring to the point of putting other people’s interests ahead of their own, they are often exploited, which consequently causes them to feel hurt and distressed. As indicated by Kendra Cherry[2], they are also extremely selflessness and philanthropic. Those characteristics all together were reported by Christopher J. Soto[3] as factors that lead them to more satisfying and harmonic close relationships. And their favorite activities include voluntarism, he added.

Individuals high in agreeableness were also pointed to be unlikely to: sound rude when speaking (Augustine et al., 2011); to smoke; to get in contact to what seems unpleasant (Bresin & Robinson, 2014); to have a lousy sense of humor or to have psychological diseases. The public scoring the highest is mostly composed of women (Paunonen, 2003). Although, despite the way the personality is called, agreeable individuals don’t always agree to everything. In a case, a decision can upset or scandalize someone they care about; they don’t think twice before refusing to do what might hurt them, as documented by David C. Funder[4].


By: Regina Burde- “Someone who likes to explore human behavior, be it through the perspective of arts or science.”


[1] Peterson, J. [Jordan B Peterson]. (2017, October 7). 20 Minutes on UnderstandMyself.com [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IdzC6mJzLA

[2] Cherry, K. (2019, August 26). The Big Five Personality Traits. About, Inc. (Dotdash). Retrieved from: https://www.verywellmind.com/the-big-five-personality-dimensions-2795422

[3] Soto, C. J. (2018). Big Five Personality Traits. ResearchGate. Retrieved from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/324115204_Big_Five_personality_traits

[4]Funder, D. C. (2015, October 1). The Personality Puzzle. W. W. Norton & Company. Seventh edition.

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