Study: Personality may be able to predict fertility

Personality tests may indicate fertility

While some individuals have to take a personality test in order to get an idea of what they’re qualified for, or potentially for a job opportunity, a new study has found that a personality test could come in handy for those who are looking to start a family.

According to a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the  fertility rate for both men and women could be influenced by their personality traits. For example, men who were above average in extraversion were 14 percent more likely to have children, and women who had above levels of neuroticism had 12 percent more children than females who had lower-than-average levels.

"Our results show that personality predicts family size differently in men and women, and those men with largest families have personality aspects different from the women with the largest families," said Dr. Virpi Lummaa. "Gaining understanding of such individual-level determinants of reproductive decisions helps in the current debate on the role of individual versus social factors in explaining recent fertility changes around the world."

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