The BFI-2-XS is a 15-item extra-short form, of the BFI-2. It is are appropriate for research contexts in which, due to pressing concerns about assessment time or respondent fatigue, administering the full BFI-2 would not be feasible. For most studies, however, it is recommended to administer the full measure due to its greater reliability and validity.


  1. I am someone who tends to be quiet.
  2. I am someone who is compassionate, has a soft heart.
  3. I am someone who tends to be disorganized.
  4. I am someone who worries a lot.
  5. I am someone who is fascinated by art, music, or literature.
  6. I am someone who is dominant, acts as a leader.
  7. I am someone who is sometimes rude to others.
  8. I am someone who has difficulty getting started on tasks.
  9. I am someone who tends to feel depressed, blue.
  10. I am someone who has little interest in abstract ideas.
  11. I am someone who is full of energy.
  12. I am someone who assumes the best about people.
  13. I am someone who is reliable, can always be counted on.
  14. I am someone who is emotionally stable, not easily upset.
  15. I am someone who is original, comes up with new ideas.


Here are a number of characteristics that may or may not apply to you. For example, do you agree that you are someone who likes to spend time with others? Please write a number next to each statement to indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with that statement.

Response options

  • Disagree strongly
  • Disagree a little
  • Neutral; no opinion
  • Agree a little
  • Agree strongly



See also this link for more information, such as versions of different lengths and translations.


Soto, C. J., & John, O. P. (2017). Short and extra-short forms of the Big Five Inventory2: The BFI-2-S and BFI-2-XS. Journal of Research in Personality, 68, 69–81.