Optimism is good for you, this feature enhances physical well being, gets you more adjusted and satisfied with life. But what is the relationship between optimism and personality?
Of course the big five was used to answer this question. For those of you who don’t exactly know what the big five is
The Big Five model is an empirically-derived, ‘‘lexical’’ model of personality consisting of the following five major factors identified through analysis of adjectives from the English language: (1) Extraversion/Positive Emotionality, (2) Agreeableness, (3) Conscientiousness, (4) Emotional Stability versus Neuroticism, and (5) Openness/Intellect.
Optimism in this research was defined as a bipolar individual difference variable ranging from pessimistic at the low end to optimistic at the high end. They collected data from 5 samples, together 4332 individuals. They used three different measures of optimism and five different scales for the Big Five factors.
Optimism was positively correlated with extraversion, agreeableness, and conscientiousness and a significant negative correlation with neuroticism. Correlations with openness to experience was not very strong. Neuroticism and extraversion had the largest proportion of variance in the disposition of optimism. In their article the researchers also try to explain the possible relationship between personality and optimism. Not easy to grasp, not for the faint of heart but if your interested please read the full publication.
What does this add to all the research?
Mostly that optimism is not solely explained by neuroticism and extraversion. One things that’s important to point out is that optimism sometimes can come out of no where, some people may have no trouble to put theirs thoughts together in order to understand that they will see live better with optimism, the great thing about is is that it will attract positive things into your life, and seeing the good side of everything is always a great way to see live. Even those who have trouble being positive can start giving optimism a try, some use cheap online psychic readings which help them understand that they could enjoy life without having to deal with the problems that have to be faced everyday. Psychic readings could also suggest that some things are not in place yet to bring about the optimistic outcome you are hoping for but to not give up your optimism no matter what
Sharpe, J., Martin, N., & Roth, K. (2011). Optimism and the Big Five factors of personality: Beyond Neuroticism and Extraversion Personality and Individual Differences DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2011.07.033