Traits personality: The Big Five
According trait theorists,
characteristics or common patterns of behavior, thought and emotion are the
core components of a person’s personality. These characteristics are relatively
stable over time, and vary depending on the individual. Most importantly, these
personality traits affect the behavior. Gordon Allport defined personality as
the dynamic organization within the individual of the psychosocial systems that
determines his characteristic behaviors and thoughts. According to the Big Five
Inventory, there are five main dimensions that can be used as a measure of
personality: openness; conscientiously; extroversion; Grace; and neuroticism.
Openness is defined by an inviting
attitude to new experiences, creativity, imagination and curiosity. Tupac would
rank high on the transparency dimension; He is described by many who knew him
as broad interests and tastes for all types of music and literature (Dyson 71).
He was well-read in literature ranging from classics, history, feminist
literature, education systems, mystics, philosophy and so on. He wrote poetry
as a young teenager and channeled his creativity to rap music in his late
teens. He was curious about everything and tried to constantly understand how
the world worked and how we could do it better. His imagination is well-known,
in an interview when he made the interesting suggestion that President Ronald
Regan should help with the homeless epidemic by including some of the displaced
persons in the White House (Dyson 82).
Consistency is defined by a
lack of impulsivity, in principle, accurate, persistent and reliable behavior.
Tupac would be judged moderately on this dimension. He was an extremely basic
person and driven to receive a message of reform and revolution to the masses.
He took his work seriously and was persistent in pursuing his musical career.
He was, however, a very impulsive person. His life was chaotic and his
minute-to-minute decision was indicative of his wild spirit. He missed once to
meet a young girl who had seen the news, which had been attacked by a dog and
was at the local hospital. His behavior was impulsive, but he continued to have
a relationship with that family to his death.
Extroversion is described as the
opposite of introversion, as an outward, sociable, aggressive, assertive,
external expression of a person’s personality. Tupac would be very high on this
dimension. He is described by many in this way, as a very sociable, dominant,
assertive, talkative spark of a person. He had spoken of his need to write his
music as a way for him to breathe; By laying on the words on paper he could
find a release, and put his passion into something that could live beyond his
time. His sense of urgency and passion for his message is seen by his ability
and habit to write 4-7 songs a day (Dyson 11). Throughout, Tupac moved
extensively and used this energy and sociability to give the world during his
short career, the rock of music and a host of interviews that allow people to
continue analyzing their legacy after more than a decade.
Agreeableness is described as
compatible, trustworthy, empathetic, altruistic and modest nature. Tupac would
be considered moderately pleasant. He was extremely empathetic and felt the
need to tell the stories of all oppressed people in his music, where he was a
voice. His altruism was uniquely boundless, he said he would bring someone to
meet him on the street, when his homes became supreme protection for all he
felt needed a hand. He was also a modest person. In his texts, there were
countless examples of explaining that he is not perfect, and not a model, just
the person who wants the world to wake up and care for young people so that a
model can be born. He noted his imperfections as he described that he was just
a product of his environment, in a world “he did not” and if someone
was insulted by their presence, they would be upset about the world in which
they live. But Tupac was all other than compatible and trusted (by authority).
He constantly urged people to resist oppression in all forms and fight for a
better future. Shakur was very opposed to compliance with all kinds of tyranny,
especially in the case of abusive law enforcement personnel.
Neurotics, characterized by
emotional instability, anxiety, hostility, depression and vulnerability,
explain much of Tupac’s emotional state. Although he could become a successful
musician, he was in a constant state of upsetting and desperate about his environment
and surrounded himself with thoughts that he would not be on this land long. He
masked a lot of this emotionality with marijuana and alcohol and used these
substances to medicate themselves regularly. Because he was high on the
neuroticism dimension and did not lead a structured life, his emotional
instability resulted in ruthless behavior that contributed to his premature
death at the age of 25.