New Study Says 17 Qualities Make Your Personality Healthy, Plus Q&A Replay

Written by Angela Atkinson

New Study Says 17 Qualities Make Your Personality Healthy, Plus Q&A Replay for CPTSD, NPD relationships and overcoming narcissistic relationships recovery – toxic relationship rehab. Recorded live.

New research from scientists at the University of California, Davis: Read the full study here. 

Researchers found that these 17 qualities are most likely to indicate a “healthy” personality.

In the two-part study that was recently published in one of my favorite reads – the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, study-author Wiebke Bleidorn and her colleagues asked 137 trait psychology experts to identify what a “healthy personality” would look like, according to them.

They based their findings on a surprisingly simple method, in which they rated 30 facets of the five key personality traits, which include:

  • Neuroticism – people who score high on neuroticism are more likely than average to be moody and to experience such feelings as anxiety, worry, fear, anger, frustration, envy, jealousy, guilt, depressed mood and loneliness.
  • Extraversion – all about how outgoing and social a person is. Those who score higher in extraversion on a personality test tend to become the life of every party. They enjoy being with people, participating in social gatherings, and are full of energy.
  • Openness to experience – involves six different facets/dimensions, including active imagination or fantasy, aesthetic sensitivity, attentiveness to inner feelings, preference for variety and intellectual curiosity.
  • Agreeableness – people with a high level of agreeableness in a personality test are typically very warm, friendly and tactful, with an optimistic view of human nature. They tend to get along well with other people.
  • Conscientiousness –  all about being careful, or vigilant. People who score high in conscientiousness tend to want to do their tasks well, and they are most likely to take obligations to others more seriously. They are often seemingly efficient and organized, but not as easy-going and definitely not disorderly.

Their ratings helped researchers create an expert consensus profile of the psychologically healthy individual.

The “healthy” qualities for a personality, according to the study authors, include:

  1. psychologically well-adjusted
  2. open to feelings
  3. ability to resist temptation
  4. straightforward
  5. competent
  6. high self-esteem
  7. spontaneous
  8. responsible
  9. ambitious
  10. good self-regulatory skills
  11. optimistic outlook on the world
  12. clear, stable self-view
  13. low in aggression and meanness
  14. unlikely to exploit others
  15. relatively immune to stress
  16. self-sufficient
  17. warm connection to others

What do you think? Are they right?


  • Angela Atkinson is a certified trauma counselor and the author of more than 20 books on narcissism, narcissistic abuse recovery, and related topics. A recognized expert on narcissism and narcissistic personality disorder who has studied and written extensively on narcissistic personality disorder and narcissistic abuse in toxic relationships since 2006, she has a popular narcissistic abuse recovery YouTube channel. Atkinson was inspired to begin her work as a result of having survived toxic relationships of her own. Atkinson offers trauma-informed narcissistic abuse recovery coaching and has certifications in trauma counseling, life coaching, level 2 therapeutic model, CBT coaching, integrative wellness coaching, and NLP. She is a certified trauma support coach and certified family trauma professional. She also has a professional PTSD counseling certification. Her mission is to help those who have experienced the emotional and mental devastation that comes with narcissistic abuse in these incredibly toxic relationships to (re)discover their true selves, stop the gaslighting and manipulation, and move forward into their genuine desires – into a life that is exactly what they choose for themselves. Along with her solution-focused life coaching experience, Atkinson’s previous career in journalism and research helps her to offer both accurate and understandable information for survivors of abuse in a simple-to-understand way that helps to increase awareness in the narcissistic abuse recovery community. Atkinson founded Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support, the SPANily Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Support Groups and the Life Makeover Academy. She offers individual and group coaching for victims and survivors of narcissistic abuse here at and at NarcissisticAbuseRecovery.Online.

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