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A new framework for human personality A new framework for human personality
by Joseph Gatt
2021-03-14 11:34:13
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Since I like to come up with theories and frameworks about everything, might as well come up with a new theory for personality.

persoity0001_400I categorize personality into 5 categories. I'll explain the categories and their features below.

The five categories are:

-Very low risk-taking.
-Low risk-taking.
-Moderate risk-taking.
-High risk-taking.
-Very high risk-taking.

Risk is what we do. Talking is a risk. Decisions involve risks. Friendships involve risks. And every day we have to decide what risks we should take and how to go about our risk-taking.

To make things simple (if you want to skip the rest of the article). The lower the risk taking, the more time the individual is likely to think about an action before taking action.

So a very low risk-taker is likely to study for hours before taking insignificant decisions. A very high risk-taker is likely to take decisions without thinking at all.

So here are the personality features


Very low risk-taking

Low risk-taking

Moderate risk-taking

High risk-taking

Very high risk-taking


Very quiet. Does not talk with close friends, does not talk to family members, does not talk to strangers. Will only talk in the presence of very trusted friends, and will say very little.

A friend or two they share conversation with. They listen more than they talk.

Will talk in a familiar setting. Will avoid talking in an unfamiliar setting. But will keep the conversation pleasant.

They “choose” the people they talk to, and “expel” the people they don't want to talk to. A lot of the talking is meant to offend.

Very bluntly hate people and avoid talking to those they hate. Very likely to be racist and sexist and hate groups of people or categories of people. Most talking is offensive.


Will study the individual thoroughly before taking the small risk of becoming friends.

Will risk friendship with one or two individuals, and will stick to those individuals.

Will risk hanging out with a group of several groups of individuals, if the group setting is a familiar setting.

Hates most people and only hangs out with people if his/her interests are being served. Interests are usually financial or sexual interests.

Changes friends frequently. Frequent fights with “friends.” A “violent” attitude towards friends.

Love and partnerships and marriage

Will carefully study the individual and will play very subtle games before entering any romantic relationship.

Will study the individual, not obsessively, but carefully. And will play subtle games to try to enter the relationship.

Will only date those he or she has a vague idea about. Will aim for stable relationships.

Dating is based on impulses. Will ask out any guy or girl he or she fancies. And will figure out later whether the guy or girl is worth dating.

Very impulsive dating. Likely to ask many people out on dates at the same time, and to date several people at the same time.


Obsessively studies what is best for the children. Silently worry about their children's well-being.

Aim for the best for the children, although not obsessively.

Tend to be laissez-faire with children although they keep an eye on them. Intervene whenever necessary, and try their best.

Alternate between micromanagement and laissez-faire when it comes to children. One week, the children do whatever they want, then the children get rules out of the blue.

Very impulsive when raising children. They will do whatever is on their mind or tell their children whatever is on their mind.

Education and study habits

Obsessively memorizes the books and over-prepares for tests. Aims for the best possible grade.

Carefully studies the textbook and aims for a good grade.

Studies for the test and aims for a passing grade or a decent grade.

Impulsively study for tests. They have no shame showing up without studying.

Will try to find ways to cheat at tests.

Eating habits

Counts calories carefully. At risk for anorexia.

Eats carefully and controls food intake. But tries to enjoy food as well.

Eats whenever hungry. But tries to control food intake and not to binge eat.

Eats impulsively without measuring consequences.

Eats very impulsively. At risk for bulimia.

Sleeping habits

Tries hard to sleep enough hours to be fresh and ready to go.

Can shun sleep one or two nights a week, but will usually sleep enough hours.

Sleep patterns can be a little erratic sometimes. But will try to regulate sleep to sleep enough hours.

Very erratic sleeping habits. Will sleep 16 hours one day, and two hours the next.

Sleep whenever they feel like sleeping. They decide when they want to sleep and when they want to wake up. Frequently late for work, or shows up to work and secretly naps at work.

Money and spending habits

Carefully counts every penny. Only purchases necessary things, and studies products obsessively before making the purchase.

Budgets carefully. Tries to purchase only what is necessary. Will “reward themselves” a few times with a luxury or two.

Budgets vaguely. Will try not to spend too much, but will purchase products he/she really likes.

Spends today and counts tomorrow.

Spends today and never counts.

Working habits

Very quiet. Studies problems carefully. Quietly try to do their best at work.

Try their best at work. Think before they get the task done.

Do a little bit of thinking at work. Also improvise a bit.

Improvise first and then study the consequences.

Improvise and never bother with the consequences.

Leisure activities

Will have one or two activities they stick to. They will enjoy their hobby to the fullest and will become experts at their hobby. But won't try something else.

Could try a hobby outside their comfort zone. But usually stick to a few hobbies.

Have a few hobbies mixed with a few new hobbies they try out.

They will do whatever activity they please, and will improvise their way through the activity. Not good at following rules.

Will start activities that they never finish.


Obsessively follow traffic rules.

Follow traffic rules but might make one or two common sense exceptions.

Follow traffic rules with many common sense exceptions.

Drive as they please. Borderline with traffic rules. Frequent traffic violations tickets.

Drive very recklessly. They own the road.

Sense of fashion

Very conservative. Lots of black colors. Cover a lot of their bodies.

Moderately conservative. Could show some arms or legs. Could play a bit with colors.

Whatever is in fashion. Could surprise a few times with their sense of fashion, otherwise usually conservative.

Provocative sense of fashion. Dress to impress, but also to shock and provoke.

Very provocative sense of fashion. Men will wear whatever irritates, women will wear whatever shocks.

Consumer habits

Obsessively make lists before making purchases, and only purchase what is on the list.

Make lists, but might take a few items not on the list.

Usually have a mental list of the things they need, and do a little bit of improvisation.

Purchase whatever they want to purchase at this very minute. Later realize they purchased something they did not need.

Purchase impulsively. Lots of stuff gets thrown away.

Leadership habits

Very quiet. Very strict. Very strict rules. No room for creativity or improvisation.

Quiet. Strict, but not too strict. You can give them a suggestion or two.

Moderate. They take a lot of decisions. But they tend to share decision-making.

They like to dominate. There are no rules, but it's their way or the high way.

They take all the decisions. Change the rules at will. Very aggressive leadership. No clear future goals in the organization. It's all impulses.

Sports and gaming habits

Will pick a sport or a game and become very good at it. But will play no other games or sports.

Will pick a sport or a game and become good at it. But will occasionally try something else.

Will play a few sports or a few games. Not very good at them. But they try their best.

Like to dominate at games and sports, even though they tend not to master the game or sport.

Reinvent the rules of the game or sport. And often quit before the game is over.


Could be prone to addictions because of high anxiety levels. Could be a secret smoker, a secret alcoholic, a secret drug addict or a secret gambling addict. But no one really knows.

Prone to addictions if their best friend is an addict. Will tend to do whatever their best friend does.

Less prone to addictions. Likely to leave a group of friends who engage in destructive behavior.

Prone to addictions. To them life is based on impulses. But they will try to kick the habit.

Very much prone to addictions. And tend to be proud of their addictions.

Interacting with strangers

Will avoid strangers at all costs, even when it means not going to parties.

Could move to a group of strangers. But will make lengthy observations before starting to talk.

Doesn't mind groups of strangers. Will talk to strangers if welcome.

Behave strangely with strangers. Either they are completely silent when etiquette requires that they interact. Or they talk too much when etiquette requires they remain silent.

Stay quiet when they should talk. Talk loudly when they should be quiet. And tend to be aggressive, either with body language or with words.

Solving problems

Will spend days on a problem trying to solve it, sometimes avoiding all other activities.

Will try their best to solve a problem. Problems bother them, and it can take time for them to forget about that specific problem.

Try their best to solve problems. But if the problem can't be solved, they tend not to try too hard.

Aggressive at solving problems. Can embarrass people for causing the problem. 

Shifts to blaming people for causing the problem, without trying to solve it.

Differences between men and women

Men are likely not to have a single friend, and to only get a job if pushed very hard.


Women are more likely to have one single female friend, and more likely to volunteer for work or for a job.

Men are likely not to say a word to anyone who is not their best friend.


Women are more likely to be polite enough to greet people.

Men are more likely to rarely get emotional and more likely to accept difficulties.


Women are more likely to get emotional and fight difficulties.

Men are more likely to be aggressive to strangers.

Women are more likely to only be aggressive with people they know, not with strangers.

Men are more likely to end up in prison.

Women are more likely to file for bankruptcy and be social outcasts living in the local equivalent of a favela.


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