Original Illustration by Stephanie DeAngelis
If our writings on personality psychology are any indication, you can learn a lot from the breakdown of your Big 5 personality traits of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness to experience. This five-factor model was formalized in the early '90s and is based on the common language descriptors of personality. Despite being around for nearly 30 years, it "still holds sway as the prevailing theory of personality," writes Positive Psychology Program.
Unsurprisingly, psychologists have managed to link some of these traits to markers of a healthy sex life. According to a study published in the Journal of Research in Personality, those who are highly agreeable tend to have more sex while those who rank low in neuroticism tend to have more satisfying sex. In other words, those who value being liked by others had sex with their partners more frequently while those who aren't prone to worry, jealousy, anxiety, or moodiness had more satisfying sex.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers recruited 278 newlywed couples to document their sex lives for two weeks. Each partner kept a personal diary of their own thoughts. All 556 participants also a completed a Big 5 personality test to get a read on how extraverted, agreeable, conscientious, neurotic, and open to new experiences they were. In the end, only the above two traits influenced a person's sex life in any way; high agreeableness and low neuroticism proved to be the winning ticket.
Take a Big 5 personality test yourself to see how you compare, and share your thoughts on the study below!