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The Agreeableness domain of the NEO PI-R, along with the Extraversion domain,

is also a measure of a person’s interpersonal tendencies. It is a measurement of a

person’s tendency to have sympathy for others and an eagerness to help them (Costa &

McCrae, 1992). The Agreeableness domain differs from Extraversion in that it examines

the attitudes an individual holds toward other people (Piedmont, 1998), and is seen as a

selfless concern for others (McCrae & Costa, 2003). The trend for a positive correlation

of Agreeableness and active involvement in the profession is not surprising as continued

engagement in the counseling profession may entail a significant emotional expense.

Clients do not always take the initiative to engage meaningfully in the counseling process

and a counselor could easily become discouraged and find the event to be a constant

exercise in frustration. The counselor who is more agreeable is one who is more likely to

find satisfaction and fulfillment in what otherwise may be a frustrating process for those

who do not possess this personality feature.

Facets of the Agreeableness domain may help explain the trend for a correlation

of this domain with active participation in the profession. Two facets of this domain that

may have particular relevance are the Altruism facet and the Tender-Mindedness facet.

The Altruism facet is a measure of a person’s active concern for others and a willingness

to help others in need (Costa & McCrae, 1992). A counselor who has a higher score on

this facet may be willing to expend more time and effort to assist a client than a counselor

with a lower score. However, this facet may be a reflection of the counselor’s sense of

duty. The Tender-Mindedness facet is different from the Altruism facet in that it

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