If you’re a psychology student, you’ve probably heard of the Five Factor Model. No, not Padesky’s five factor CBT model, but the “Big 5” personality traits developed by Costa and McCrae in 1992. Still lost? You might know the Big 5 better as OCEAN: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Neuroticism. What has this got to do with stationery? Well, all this talk about pens had me wondering what our pen of choice says about us. So I’ve developed…
The “Biro Big 5”
1. The Biro User
Mr or Ms. no nonsense is your middle name. You are practical but relaxed, enjoying long walks on the beach, candle lit dinners and just kidding!
2. The Four-Colour Clicky Pen Fan
The clicky pen fans are the multi-taskers of the world. You’re incredibly organised or incredibly disorganised (Barnum alert!), because if you’re not the hardcore colour-coded note-taker, you find it difficult to keep track of more than one pen!
3. The Promo Pen Pusher
You are the budget conscious individual with eclectic taste. Why else would you put up with black ink pens promoting obscure businesses? Or maybe you’re a philanthropist?
4. The Novelty Pen Collector
You’ve been places, seen things and have a good sense of humour. You’d need one to put up with this:
5. The Fountain Pen Conoisseur
You are known for your attention to detail and status earned through your financial, scholastic or employment success. When you become CEO, a Nobel Prize recipient or the next Steve Jobs, don’t forget the rest of us!
So, what does your pen of choice say about you?