Conscientiousness - Behavior


People who score high on the trait of conscientiousness tend to be more organized and less cluttered in their homes and offices. For example, their books tend to be neatly shelved in alphabetical order, or categorized by topic, rather than scattered around the room. Their clothes tend to be folded and arranged in drawers or closets instead of lying on the floor. The presence of planners and to-do lists are also signs of conscientiousness. Their homes tend to have better lighting than the homes of people who are low on this trait. Recently, ten behaviors strongly associated with conscientiousness were scientifically categorized (the number at the end of each behavior is a correlation coefficient; a negative number means conscientious people were less likely to manifest the behavior):

  1. Discussed sexual matters with a male friend (−.23)
  2. Lounged around my house without any clothes on (−.22)
  3. Picked up a hitch-hiker (−.21)
  4. Read a tabloid paper (−.19)
  5. Drove or rode in a car without a seatbelt (−.19)
  6. Swore around other people (−.18)
  7. Spent an hour at a time daydreaming (−.18)
  8. Shopped at a second-hand thrift store (−.18)
  9. Told a dirty joke (−.18)
  10. Listened to music (+.18)

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