The Language of Personality

Words and phrases most distinguishing the "Big Five" personality traits, adjusted for age. The size of word indicates the strength of the correlation, while color indicates relative frequency of usage. Underscores ( _ ) connect words of multiword phrases. All displayed terms are significantly correlated (ordinary least squares linear regression, gender adjusted) with the personality factor at a Bonferonni-corrected p < 0.001.


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  • More Extraverted

  • Less Extraverted

  • More Agreeable

  • Less Agreeable

  • More Conscientious

  • Less Conscientious

  • More Neurotic

  • Less Neurotic

  • More Open

  • Less Open