Conscientiousness

Conscientiousness is a tendency to show self-discipline, act dutifully, and aim for achievement against measures or outside expectations. The trait shows a preference for planned rather than spontaneous behavior. It influences the way in which we control, regulate, and direct our impulses. According to a study conducted at Michigan State University, it was found by R.E. Lucas and his colleagues that the average level of conscientiousness augmented among young adults and then declined among older adults.

Sample conscientiousness items :

  • I am always prepared.
  • I pay attention to details.
  • I get chores done right away.

source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Five_personality_traits

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