Tag Archives: Big Five

How to feel @Home in Dubai

Shortly after I posted my series on expatriation and the Big Five personality traits back in April, I received a Direct Message on Twitter that read, “Hi Maria – I would love to quote your ‘5 Personality Traits’ list in a … Continue reading

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Turkish delight

I get lost. A lot. That might not seem like a big deal to you, but as readers who followed my confessional series on the Big Five Personality Traits know, I’m highly neurotic and not particularly open to experience. That … Continue reading

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Why your Big Five scores don’t tell the whole story

The Big Five personality traits and how they relate to expatriate life is something I’ve been itching to write about for a long time. The reason is personal: the sad fact that I struggle with certain aspects of daily existence … Continue reading

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Openness to Experience

This is Orla’s first experience with overseas living, and she’s absolutely thrilled with her expat life so far. She feels a bit like a kid in a candy store: so many things to do, see, taste, smell! She loves talking … Continue reading

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Neuroticism

Nuria is furious. Here she is at her favourite restaurant, having finally managed to snag a great table, and what happens? Her so-called friend Stacey has just called to cancel their lunch date. Now her day is ruined, and she … Continue reading

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Extraversion

Eiko is a firecracker. Chatty, expressive, and self-confident, she lives a fast-paced life and wouldn’t have it any other way. A self-described “people person,” she loves being the centre of attention at parties, and feels at home in a crowd. … Continue reading

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Conscientiousness

Claudine likes to plan. In fact, her 6-month, 1-year, and 5-year plans are broken down into sequential steps, cross-referenced and neatly filed. She takes great pleasure in methodically crossing off each goal as she achieves it. Every entry in her … Continue reading

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Agreeableness

Everyone who meets Anna is struck by her warm and caring nature. She never has an unpleasant word to say about anyone. Because she’s good at bridging differences between people, she has become a den mother of sorts at her … Continue reading

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What you need to know about The Big Five and expat adjustment

I spend a lot of time thinking about what it takes to be a happy, well-adjusted expat spouse. Consider for a moment the number of factors that are called into play as we find our emotional bearings in a new … Continue reading

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