Change Goals Big-Five Inventory

Citation

Hudson, N. W., & Roberts, B. W. (2014). Goals to change personality traits: Concurrent links between personality traits, daily behavior, and goals to change oneself. Journal of Research in Personality, 53, 68-83.

Instructions

How much do you want to change yourself? Here are a number of personality traits that you may or may not want to change within yourself. Please rate the extent to which you want to change each trait.

Response Scale

All items are rated using the following response scale (note: “am” must be changed to “do” when grammatically required by the item text—e.g., “I want to have an assertive personality”):
Much more than I currently am (+2)
More than I currently am (+1)
I do not want to change in this trait (0)
Less than I currently am (-1)
Much less than I currently am (-2)

Items

  1. I want to be talkative
  2. I want to be reserved (r)
  3. I want to be someone who is full of energy
  4. I want to be someone who generates a lot of enthusiasm
  5. I want to be someone who tends to be quiet (r)
  6. I want to have an assertive personality
  7. I want to be sometimes shy, inhibited (r)
  8. I want to be outgoing, sociable
  9. I want to be someone who tends to find fault with others (r)
  10. I want to be someone who is helpful and unselfish with others
  11. I want to be someone who starts quarrels with others (r)
  12. I want to have a forgiving nature
  13. I want to be generally trusting
  14. I want to be someone who can be cold and aloof (r)
  15. I want to be someone who is considerate and kind to almost everyone
  16. I want to be someone who is sometimes rude to others (r)
  17. I want to like to cooperate with others
  18. I want to be someone who does a thorough job
  19. I want to be someone who can be somewhat careless (r)
  20. I want to be a reliable worker
  21. I want to be someone who tends to be disorganized (r)
  22. I want to be someone who tends to be lazy (r)
  23. I want to be someone who perseveres until the task is finished
  24. I want to be someone who does things efficiently
  25. I want to be someone who makes plans and follows through with them
  26. I want to be someone who is easily distracted (r)
  27. I want to be someone who is depressed, blue (r)
  28. I want to be someone who is relaxed, handles stress well
  29. I want to be someone who can be tense (r)
  30. I want to be someone who worries a lot (r)
  31. I want to be emotionally stable, not easily upset
  32. I want to be someone who can be moody (r)
  33. I want to be someone who remains calm in tense situations
  34. I want to be someone who gets nervous easily (r)
  35. I want to be original, come up with new ideas
  36. I want to be curious about many different things
  37. I want to be ingenious, a deep thinker
  38. I want to have an active imagination
  39. I want to be inventive
  40. I want to be someone who values artistic, aesthetic experiences
  41. I want to be someone who prefers work that is routine (r)
  42. I want to be someone who likes to reflect, play with ideas
  43. I want to have artistic interests
  44. I want to be sophisticated in art, music, or literature

Administration and Scoring

Items should be presented in randomized order. Reverse items are indicated above with (r). Average items to form composites as follows:
Items 1-8: goals to change extraversion
Items 9-17: goals to change agreeableness
Items 18-26: goals to change conscientiousness
Items 27-34: goals to change emotional stability
Items 35-44: goals to change openness to experience

Current Norms

Based on 42,099 responses:

Mean SD
Extraversion 0.65 0.56
Agreeableness 0.57 0.55
Conscientiousness 0.88 0.57
Emotional Stability 1.03 0.62
Openness 0.70 0.52

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