A STUDY ON THE BIG FIVE PERSONALITY TRAITS
A STUDY ON THE BIG FIVE PERSONALITY TRAITS, BODY IMAGE CONCERN AND BODY APPRECIATION AMONG MALE AND FEMALE UNDER GRADUATE COLLEGE STUDENTS.
NAME: PAMCHUI RAMROR
REGISTER NUMBER: M16PY23
(MSC PSY, II YEAR)
INSTITUTE: MOUNT CARMEL AUTONOMOUS COLLEGE, BANGALORE.
Individual personality set up determines how a person processes what is seen, heard, felt or experienced. While the general reaction processes of a few people might be equivalent apparently, no two people have a similar arrangement of taking in and perceiving information. The potential personality examinations are unending- the rational and mentally strong individuals who can discover an upside to the most disastrous circumstances, versus the worry wart who sees everything as negative, with no desire for anything with the most exceedingly terrible conceivable conclusions. An emotionally fragile individual will feel mental strain with far more noteworthy impact than somebody who is more indifferent. Indeed, even the way an individual perceives emotions are impacted by how they were taught and how they feel.
Personality is a patterned body of habits, traits, attitudes and ideas of an individual as these are organized externally into roles and statuses and as they relate internally to motivation. Gordon W. Allport (1897-1967) defined personality as “the dynamic organisation within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his characteristic behavior and thought.” According to Allport, the basic units of personality are personal dispositions and the proprium.
A. Personal Dispositions: Allport recognized common traits allowing inter-individual comparisons and individual attitudes. He perceived three covering levels of individual miens, the broadest of which are cardinal dispositions that are so clear and dominating that they can’t be avoided other individuals. Not every person has a cardinal disposition, but rather all individuals have 5 to 10 focal demeanors, or qualities around which their lives rotate. Also, everybody has a great number of secondary dispositions, which are less dependable and less obvious than focal characteristics. Allport additionally isolated individual miens into (1) motivational dispositions, which are sufficiently solid to initiate action and (2) stylistic dispositions, which allude to the way in which an individual acts and which direct instead of start activity.
B. Proprium: The proprium alludes to each one of those practices and qualities that individuals see as warm and focal in their lives. Allport favored the term proprium over self or inner self on the grounds that the last terms could infer a protest inside an individual that controls conduct, though proprium proposes the center of one’s personhood.
Other psychologists like Revelle (2013), described personality as “the coherent pattern of affect, cognition, and desires (goals) as they lead to behavior”. The American Psychology Association (APA, 2017) defines personality as “Individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving”
The Big Five Personality characteristics, otherwise called the Five Factor Model (FFM), is a model in light of basic dialect descriptors of personality. This hypothesis utilizes descriptors of normal dialect and thus recommends five expansive measurements usually used to portray the human mind and personality. The five variables have been characterized as openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism, popularly referred to by the acronyms OCEAN or CANOE. Underneath each proposed factor, there are various associated and more particular essential elements. These basic components is observed to be steady with the lexical speculation: personality attributes that are most imperative in people’s lives will in the long run turn into a piece of their dialect and, also, that more essential identity qualities will probably be encoded into dialect as a single word.
The underlying Big Five Personality theory was progressed by Ernest Tupes and Raymond Christal in 1961, yet neglected to contact a scholastic audience until the 1980s. In 1990, J.M. Digman propelled his five-factor model of personality, which Lewis Goldberg stretched out to the most elevated amount of association. These five general areas have been found to contain and subsume most known personality attributes and are accepted to explain the essential structure behind all personality characteristics. No less than four psychologists have worked autonomously for a considerable length of time on this issue and have recognized by and large a similar five components: Tupes and Christal were to begin with, trailed by Goldberg at the Oregon Research Institute, Cattell at the University of Illinois, and Costa and McCrae (1985) at the National Institutes of Health. These four arrangements of analysts utilized to some degree distinctive techniques in finding the five characteristics, and in this manner each arrangement of five elements has to some degree diverse names and definitions. In any case, all have been observed to be exceedingly between associated and factor-logically adjusted. Measures for the big five identity attributes are NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI), NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI) and MMPI-2 (Demoralization scale for neuroticism).
Each of the Big Five identity characteristics contains two isolated, however associated, perspectives mirroring a level of identity underneath the wide areas yet over the numerous feature scales that are likewise part of the Big Five. The aspects are labelled as: Volatility and Withdrawal for Neuroticism; Enthusiasm and Assertiveness for Extraversion; Intellect and Openness for Openness/Intellect; Industriousness and Orderliness for Conscientiousness; and Compassion and Politeness for Agreeableness. Individuals who don’t show an unmistakable inclination towards particular attributes looked over the previously mentioned related matches in every one of the five measurements are viewed as versatile, direct and sensible identities, however can be seen as unscrupulous, mysterious and computing. A depiction of the five identity attributes are as per the following:
1. Openness to experience: (inventive/curious vs. consistent/cautious): Some of its characteristics include appreciation of art, emotions, enterprise, unusual ideas, interest, and assortment of experience. Openness mirrors the level of scholarly interest, innovativeness and an inclination for curiosity and wide variety of experience. It is additionally portrayed as the degree to which an individual is inventive or autonomous and delineates an individual inclination for an assortment of exercises over a strict schedule. High levels of openness to experience can be seen as unconventionality or absence of core interest. In addition, such people are said to seek after self-completion particularly by searching out exceptional, euphoric encounters. On the other hand, those with low levels of openness to experience look to pick up satisfaction through determination and are portrayed as practical and information driven—some of the time even apparent to be narrow minded and dogmatic. Some difference exists as to decipher and contextualize the receptiveness factor.
Openness to experience is depicted as the profundity and multifaceted nature of a person’s psychological life and encounters (John and Srivastava, 1999). It is additionally once in a while called judgment or creative energy. It concerns a person’s readiness to attempt to new things, to be vulnerable, and the capacity to conceive brand new ideas. Regular characteristics identified with openness to experience include: Imaginative, Insightful, Wide assortment of interests, Original, Daring, Preference for variety, Clever, Creative, Curious, Perceptive, Intellectual, Complex/Deep.
2. Conscientiousness: (efficient/organized vs. easy-going/careless). A propensity to be conscientious show self-restraint, organized, dependable, aim for accomplishment, and lean toward arranged instead of unconstrained conduct. High conscientiousness is regularly seen as determination and fixation while Low conscientiousness is related with adaptability and suddenness, yet can likewise show up as messiness and absence of unwavering quality.
Conscientiousness is portrayed as the propensity to control driving forces and act in socially satisfactory ways, practices that encourage objective coordinated practices (John and Srivastava, 1999). Conscientious individuals exceed expectations in their capacity to defer delight, work inside the tenets, and design and sort out successfully. Characteristics inside the principle factor include: Persistent, Ambitious, Thorough, Self-trained, Consistent, Predictable, Controlled, Reliable, Resourceful, Hardworking, Energetic, Persevering, and Planner.
3. Extraversion: (outgoing/energetic vs. solitary/reserved): Its characteristics include vitality, positive feelings, desperation, decisiveness, amiability and the inclination to look for incitement in the organization of others, and chattiness. High extraversion is regularly seen as consideration chasing, and tyrannical. Low extraversion causes a held, intelligent identity, which can be seen as unapproachable or self-ingested. This factor has two recognizable closures of the range: extroversion and contemplation. It concerns where an individual draws their vitality and how they collaborate with others. The characteristics related with extroversion are: sociable, assertive, merry, outgoing, energetic, talkative, articulate, fun-loving, affectionate, friendly and socially certain.
4. Agreeableness: (friendly/compassionate vs. challenging/detached): It may be referred to as a tendency to be empathetic and agreeable as opposed to suspicious and adversarial towards others. It is likewise a measure of one’s trusting and accommodating nature, and whether an individual is for the most part very much tempered or not. High agreeableness is regularly observed as guileless or compliant. Low agreeableness identities are regularly aggressive or testing individuals, which can be viewed as pugnacity or conniving. This factor concerns how well individuals coexist with others. While extroversion concerns wellsprings of vitality and the quest for associations with others, agreeableness concerns one’s orientation to others. The primary qualities include: altruistic, trusting, modest, humble, patient, moderate, tactful, polite, kind, loyal, unselfish, helpful, sensitive, amiable, cheerful and considerate.
5. Neuroticism: (sensitive/nervous vs. secure/confident): It refers to the tendency to encounter repulsive feelings easily, for example, anger, anxiety, depression and vulnerability. Neuroticism likewise alludes to the level of emotional stability and impulse control and is now and then alluded to by its low pole, “emotional stability”. A high requirement for steadiness shows itself as a stable identity, yet can be viewed as unsuitable and unconcerned. A low requirement for stability causes a receptive and sensitive identity, regularly exceptionally unique people, however they can be seen as unsteady or unreliable.
Neuroticism is a higher order factor and a unique dimensional measure that catches emotional stability and temperamental sensitivity to negative stimuli. It represents the degree to which an individual encounters the world as troubling, undermining, and risky and related with pain and disappointment with their lives. Individuals with somatic symptom disorder will probably report minor medical issues and feel general distress in an extensive variety of circumstances and more inclined to adverse feelings, for example, nervousness, sadness, outrage, and blame. Profoundly masochist people are protective worry warts. They encounter the world as risky and utilize diverse systems to manage trouble and have a tendency to be labile, on edge, tense, and pulled back. They are cautious against potential mischief in their condition and always check the earth for confirmation of potential damage. They may pull back from reality and participate in defensive practices when they identify risk.
Acutely receptive to their internal encounters, those high in neuroticism are additionally mindful to their physical inconveniences. Their wellbeing support practices (that is, appointments with a doctor) are more incessant than those of people with less neuroticism. In spite of the fact that their dissensions with respect to wellbeing are more incessant, their equitably evaluated wellbeing isn’t poorer than those low in neuroticism. Scientists estimate that this finding is owing to the early location of conceivably hurtful indications coming about because of successive wellbeing support practices. There is additionally a likely connection amongst neuroticism and demeanor towards self-perception. Albeit high neuroticism is identified with an emptied feeling of prosperity, abnormal amounts of neuroticism are not generally connected with horrible qualities. Neurotic practices might be fundamental for survival by encouraging wellbeing through the hindrance of hazardous practices. Neurotic individuals tend to possess high anticipatory apprehension that may orient them to pay closer attention to contingencies previously associated with punishments.
In present day psychometric investigations of personality and psychopathology, neuroticism has a tendency to be recognized as a first broad factor (that is, the variable with the greatest power in clarifying individual contrasts). For instance, a vast level of changeability in the sorts of psychological illness portrayed as “internalizing, for example, depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive neurosis, phobia, and hysteria—can be clarified by a general measurement of neuroticism. Consequently, neuroticism quite often shows up in present day quality models of personality, however now and then with unique hypothetical plans or names, such as, attribute nervousness, restraint refinement, conscience versatility, and negative emotionality.
Personality characteristics assume an imperative part in clarifying one’s impression of self-perception. The connection amongst personality and self-perception have been widely examined in the course of recent years, however with uncertain outcomes. A 2007 report by the American Psychological Association found that an all-inclusive sexualization of young women added to female anxiety related with self-perception. Comparable discoveries related with self-perception were found by an Australian government Senate Standing Committee give an account of the sexualization of children in the media. Nonetheless, different researchers have communicated concerns that these cases are not founded on strong information. Self-perception can have an extensive variety of mental and physical impacts. All through history, there has been a greater concern for individuals to satisfy the models of society and what they perceive the perfect body to be. There are many variables that prompt a man’s self-perception, some of these include: family progression, psychological maladjustment, organic inclinations and environmental causes of obesity or malnutrition and social desires (e.g., media and legislative issues). Individuals who are both underweight and overweight can have poor self-perception. Be that as it may, in light of the fact that individuals are continually told and demonstrated the restorative interest of weight reduction and are cautioned about the dangers of obesity, the individuals who are normal or overweight on the BMI scale have higher dangers of poor self-perception. This is something that can prompt an adjustment in an individual’s self-perception. Frequently, individuals who have a low self-perception will attempt to modify their bodies somehow, for example, by eating less carbs or undergoing corrective surgery.
Body image is an individual’s impression of the feel or sexual engaging quality of their own body. The expression body image was first instituted by the Austrian neurologist and psychoanalyst Paul Schilder in his book The Image and Appearance of the Human Body (1935). Human culture has consistently set high incentive on excellence of the human body, yet their very own perception of their body may not relate to society’s models. The idea of body image is utilized as a part of various controls, including brain research, prescription, psychiatry, analysis, theory and social and women’s activist examinations. The term is likewise regularly utilized as a part of the media. Over these controls and media there is no accord definition, however body image might be communicated as how one perceives themselves in the mirror, or in their minds. It joins the recollections, encounters, presumptions, and correlations of one’s own appearance, and general mentalities towards their stature, shape, and weight. A person’s impression of their body is additionally thought to be a result of goals developed by different social beliefs.
Body image is the psychological portrayal one makes about one’s own physical appearance, which could possibly be identified with how others see. Negative body image alludes to negative subjective assessment of one’s physical body, for example, figure, tallness, weight, hips, stomach, and so on because of perceived inconsistency between genuine body and perfect body. Body mutilation or aggravations allude to clinical issues including constant and perpetual pain about one’s body and outrageous obsession with saw physical defects, for example, Bulimia, Anorexia Nervosa, and Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). Body image concern occurs along a continuum, body image dissatisfaction toward one side and body image distortion or disturbance on the opposite end (Robert-McComb J.J., 2008).
Thompson et al. (1999) proposed that “body image” has come to be acknowledged as the inner portrayal of one’s own external appearance. Be that as it may, this might be a shortsighted idea, considering the intricacy of the self-perception and body image. Worries about body image extend from an ordinary need to look alluring, body dissatisfaction, to a pathological concern with slimness or flawlessness (Weinshenker N, 2002). A large group of components, both formative and proximal, join to shape a person’s self-perception encounter (Cash TF, Pruzinsky, 2002). These components have been gathered into current/proximal and verifiable/formative classifications. Formative impacts incorporate socio statistic components, peer and familial impacts, disguise of social perfect, and identity qualities. Proximal variables allude to regular encounters, how they are deciphered, and their impacts on inclination and conduct. Maybe, the most astounding issue identified with body image is its definition (Reas DL, Grilo CM., 2004). Normally utilized terms incorporate body dissatisfaction, negative self-perception or negative body image, body dysphoria, body image distortion, body esteem, and body iamge concerns. Body image concern is best conceptualized as occurring along a continuum. Toward one side of the continuum is body dissatisfaction and at the opposite end is body image disturbance. Reports of body dissatisfaction alone do not constitute body image disturbances. It is a typical mental issue influencing many Westernized women (Padgett J, Biro FM., 2003). It alludes to the negative subjective assessment of one’s physical body, for example, figure, weight, stomach, and hips. Body dissatisfaction ought to likewise be separated from the overemphasis put on weight and shape in deciding self-esteem, which is a side effect of both anorexia and bulimia nervosa (APA, 1994; Robert-McComb J., 2001). “Disturbance” commonly indicates a clinical issue, described by industrious and incessant misery that may likewise meddle with day to day functioning.
The issues encompassing body image can be inspected through, body antagonism/negativity, and body positivity. Negative body image comprises of a muddled perspective of one’s shape; whereby they frequently feel reluctant or feel embarrassed, and accept others are more alluring. Besides having low sense of confidence, they regularly focus on modifying their physical appearances. Long term behavior could in this way possibly prompt higher dangers of dietary issues, segregation, and psychological instabilities. Positive body image then again, is depicted as an unmistakable genuine view of one’s figure. Notwithstanding celebrating and valuing the body, it additionally requires an understanding that a person’s appearance does not mirror their character or self-esteem. Body image can have an extensive variety of mental impacts and physical impacts. All through history, it has been to a great degree troublesome for individuals to satisfy the models of society and what they trust the perfect body is. There are many variables that prompt a man’s self-perception, some of these include: family flow, psychological instability, organic inclinations and ecological foundations for heftiness or lack of healthy sustenance, and social desires (e.g., media and legislative issues).
Society frequently builds our behaviors and beliefs, for example, self-improvements, physiological and mental collaborations, and the normal impression of our bodies as an impression of self-esteem. Body image struggles have been predominant for a long time now, particularly with the quick steady moves in perfect body composes. Before, standards were commonly set by social convictions, sexes, or social standings. In spite of these being predominant today, changes in the design and media ventures are different impacts within reach. Because of the development of society today; content informing, messages, online networking, and other innovative progressions, have overwhelmed a person’s idea of physical associations. In spite of the fact that innovation furnishes the accommodation of interfacing with others, its relationship with the media has brought about a “stage of conveyance in which we capture and decipher messages about ourselves, our self-esteem, and our bodies”. As indicated by an investigation by Dove (2016), just 4% of women thought they were beautiful, while roughly 70% of women trusted the media’s depiction of unrealistic beauty standards that fueled their appearance anxieties. Accordingly, the U.S. Division of Health and Human Services (2017) detailed that, 91% of ladies were most despondent with their bodies, while 40% will think about corrective surgery to settle their imperfections.
Women throughout the world are assessed and persecuted by their appearances, be it age, skin tone, or size (Dazed, 2016). Men are falling casualties to this issue also. The requirement for body satisfaction and body esteem keeps on expanding with the media, magazines, and discussions, showing “improbable pictures of beauty standards”. Physically attractive qualities raised in the media or social settings are likewise predominant inside society. The inclination to interface physical alluring qualities with constructive individual qualities has been archived since the 1970s. Individuals appoint constructive personality qualities and general life results to those they see as alluring both rationally and physically. The thin and petite models inside the media are along these lines seen as the best and socially alluring individuals. In many social orders, slenderness is commonly connected with joy, achievement, energy, and social worthiness.
The accentuation on slimness and on a perfect female body shape and size is mentally unfavorable to the well-being of many young women. Many have in this way depended on grooming, consuming less calories, and surgical interests, keeping in mind the end goal to be upbeat (Cash; Linda, 2011). Worldwide dietary issue rates, for example, anorexia and bulimia are step by step ascending in immature young women. The National Eating Disorders Association (2016), revealed that 95% of people aged 12 to 26 at present experience the ill effects of a dietary problem, and anorexia is the third most basic sickness among young people. In view of another investigation by Dove (2016), 87% of people with low body-esteem frequently abstain from eating, and would rather put their wellbeing in danger for the sake of beauty. With the constant utilization of web-based social networking, high school children specifically, are most inclined “to disguise negative messages and fixate on weight reduction to get a thin appearance”. Therefore, weights from online networking duplicates for juvenile young children between the ages of 13 to 18 years of age, and the greater part of have officially revealed the need to eat less. The weight on females “to adapt to the impacts of socially incited body weakness” is in this way extreme, with numerous others beforehand referring to that “their lives would be better on the off chance that they were not judged by their looks and body shape, as this prompts low confidence, dietary issues, emotional wellness issues and depression” (Campbell and Dennis, 2012).
Men likewise confront comparative weights concerning allure, whereby the media’s delineation of the perfect strong body has caused various body disappointment issues among the youth. Young teenage men specifically, are presently three times more prone to experience the ill effects of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), with numbers achieving 45% since 1991. BDD is a dysfunctional behavior whereby an individual impulsively concentrates on physical self-perceived defects. As indicated by an investigation by Rawhide, 18% of young men were most stressed over their weight and build (Malcore, 2016), while 29% oftentimes considered their appearances. Additionally, half had as of late complained about the way they look. The primary driver of male body issues then again, incorporate 25% being prodded about their weight, while 33% determined web-based social networking as the hotspot for hesitance. A factor that influences male body image through web-based networking media destinations is “superstar contribution”. Following famous people on web-based networking media locales makes it conceivable to associate by and by with big names, which has been appeared to impact male self-perception (Ho, Shirley S., 2016). Various respondents likewise confessed to being influenced by negative body talk from others.
People who are exceedingly worried about their physical appearances have a tendency to be more disappointed with their body image. Individual differences in viewing body image as positive or negative can be ascribed to certain personality traits. Personality characteristics assume a vital part in clarifying one’s view of body image. Studies have demonstrated that high neuroticism scores are related with negative state of mind, for example, depression (Besser and Shackelford, 2007). Moreover, research studies demonstrates that depressive side effects are profoundly connected with body dissatisfaction (Lou et.al, 2009). Body image is subjected to a wide range of distortion from inward components like feelings, states of mind, and early experiences, demeanors of our folks, peers and the general public. Individuals with certain personality attributes are more inclined to preoccupation with body image as well as negative self-perception which are main impetuses of anxiety and pathology.
A study by Allen and Walter (2016), deliberately looked into the proof for personality as a correlate of body image. Electronic databases and reference records were observed in May 2016 examinations detailing a relationship between no less than one measurement of personality and no less than one area of negative body image. Twenty-six investigations (33 discrete examples) met consideration criteria. Sixteen examples were coded as medium-high quality. The outcomes showed that negative body image was related with more elevated amounts of Neuroticism and lower levels of Extraversion. Agreeableness was not identified with body image, and results for Conscientiousness and Openness were uncertain. Subsequent to considering study quality, negative body image was likewise connected with reducing levels of Conscientiousness. Neuroticism was related with negative body image in the men and women. Sex moderation effects for Extraversion, Openness, and Conscientiousness were uncertain. Comparative investigations indicated indistinguishable outcomes which are examined as takes after.
The current study seeks to understand the correlation between the big five personality traits (Openness to experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism) and levels body image concern and body appreciation among UG college students, aged 18-22. The study includes individual differences as well as gender differences in perception of body image and personality traits. College students have one of the highest population with negative body image, and are also prone to stress, anxiety, depression and negative coping mechanisms like drug and alcohol use, which are contributing factors to low body appreciation and high body image concerns. The sample population in the study incudes students who participate in extracurricular activities and those who do not. The strata is selected because studies show that students who are more active in extracurricular activities in high school feel more positive and satisfied about their appearance and experience lesser appearance-related distress (Amrita Joshi, 2011). The sample population consists of 100 college students, both males and females from colleges in Bangalore. Three tests are administered on the sample population. The NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI-R, Costa & McCrae, 2004)) is used to assess the big five personality traits, the Body Image Concern Inventory (BICI, HL Littleton et.al, 2005) to assess the level of body image concern and the Body Appreciation Scale (BAS, Dr Tracy Tylka, 2006). Two body image assessment scales are used to obtain better results for body image whether positive or negative.