Source: Al Les/Pixabay As a result of the person-situation debate in psychology and the fact that the study of stable characteristics entered into a lengthy and productive time period, there is now consensus that human personality is comprised of five major factors: Extroversion, Openness to Experience /Intellect, Agreeableness , Conscientiousness , and Neuroticism/ Emotional Stability . The story of these five personality dimensions involves two research programs with separate histories. Two research groups in the 1970s, one led by Warren Norman and Lewis Goldberg and the other by Paul Costa and Robert R. McCrae, pushed forward the view that the most meaningful aspects of human personality can be captured using five dimensions. Lexically Derived Big Five One research program, guided by a lexical approach and started in the 1930s by Gordon Allport and Henry Odbert, paved the way for the eventual conclusion that personality can be described by five largely … [Read more...] about How Did We End up With 5 Big Factors of Personality?
“You heard of this thing, the 8-minute Abs?” says murderous hitchhiker. “Yeah, sure, 8-Minute Abs. Yeah, the exercise video.” Says Ben Stiller’s character, Ted, in Something About Mary (1998). Hitchhiker response: “Yeah, this is going to blow that right out of the water. Listen to this: 7 … Minute … Abs.” Is 7-minute abs really that much of an improvement over 8-minute abs? I struggle with 2-minute abs, so I will leave that debate to exercise physiologists. Yet, psychologists are currently wrestling with a similar issue when it comes to personality . Are there 6 primary factors for human personality or are there 5? Throw in some ‘shiny object personality profilers’ with the proliferation of ‘construct mixology’ and there is no end to the number of personality dimensions. Is it just a numbers game with psychologists utilizing various techniques for slicing up variance for turf protection and/or market share or are there meaningful differences? In the working world, most … [Read more...] about Personality Pop-Quiz: 7 > 8 and 6 > 5, True or False?