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Appreciative; Compassionate; Considerate; Tender-minded; Trusting


Agreeableness is associated with being altruistic, appreciative, compliant, trusting and tender-minded, as well as being generous, kind, sympathetic, and warm.


Of all the Big Five personality traits, perhaps the least investigated is Agreeableness. Those interested in personality correlates of educational, health, and occupational outcomes have tended to show that of the Big Five traits Neuroticism and Conscientiousness account for most of the variance (Furnham 2008). There is also a very extensive literature on Extraversion, perhaps the most researched and best understood trait in psychology. Further, Openness has been significantly investigated by those interested in creativity and innovation.

To some extent Agreeableness has been the “Cinderella” trait of the Big Five, as it seems less related to many education, health, and work outcomes. Also, doubt has been expressed as to whether it...

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Furnham, A. (2020). Agreeableness. In: Zeigler-Hill, V., Shackelford, T.K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. Springer, Cham.

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