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What are Supertraits and Primary traits of human beings?

I understand that Gordon et al discovered 5 major traits of human beings as follows: Neuroticism Extraversion Openness Agreeableness Conscientiousness These are called "Super traits". My question ...
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Temperament and The Big Five personality traits?

It seems like the four temperaments are just combinations of The Big 5 traits. Is that true? Sanguine has high extraversion and high agreeableness. Choleric has high extraversion and low ...
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How to create a realisitc character?

I am a writer and I want to learn how to create a realistic characters for my books. I have learned The Big 5 Model, but I don't think that's enough to fully describe someone's character. What models ...
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What are the basis for developing envy and/or resentment?

Why do some people develop envy or resentment toward others, and other people with the same experiences do not? Is there a way to learn to let the envy and/or resentment go. Example would be someone ...
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Existence of self esteem and how to look at it

In this video author (Jordan peterson) claimed he doesn't believe Self esteem. Honestly I can't understand what exactly he means with that (maybe because I am not English speaker). This is the way I ...
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Do modern personality traits exist with native people

I am wondering if there is any evidence of personality traits like intro versus extroversion existing in native people without any contact with modern society, or if they are a result of modern life.
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Longitudinal consistency of StrengthsFinder

The StrengthsFinder survey is a personality assessment which finds strengths which an individual can contribute to an organization. What is the consistency of this assessment: When a person takes the ...
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Finding percentile ranks for questionnaires and psychometric tests

I am using a Levenson's Self-Report Psychopathy Scale to divide participants into two groups (high v low scores). I have selected participants based on them scoring in the top or bottom 25% of ...
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Is it okay to measure only a subset of the Big Five such as neuroticism and extraversion in research?

I recently received this question via email and thought it might be of broader relevance: I am writing as I am interested in using measures of personality in some clinical psychology research. ...
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Inabilty to integrate

I'm looking for a professional term that describes the problem of someone who has difficulties in fitting in / integrating in a given group, eg: a child in school. Thanks in advance!
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Strange question in a job-interview

I would like to ask you the reasoning behind a question they asked me during a job interview (with a psychologist) a few years ago. He basically handed me a bunch of colored cards (fifteen at least), ...
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Reading list for character defects

Could you recommend books/articles about character defects (e.g. envy, laziness, hate, etc.). I am particularly interested in: A comprehensive list of character defects Description of possible ...
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How to reduce the chance of being manipulated?

What makes some people more suseptible to manipulation and having their opinions swayed relative to others? Are there character traits which highlight who might be more easily manipulated, or is it a ...
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Why are trans-women more common than trans-men?

Before I begin, note I have no animosity nor prejudice against anyone. Please keep the answers scientifically motivated. Various surveys on trans populations have shown male to female transitions ...
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Does selfishness increase in periods of extreme anxiety

Does an individual going through a period of extreme anxiety, show increased levels of selfishness during that period ? When this period ends, does the individual returns back to normal levels of ...
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Can a trait like selfishness improve

Can a trait like selfishness improve with therapy or other methods. Or is it fixed and can not be changed whatever you do. This article claims that it can be done, but I need more solid reasearch ...
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Question on notation(?) and note taking with regards to writing about standard deviations

I am just getting into watching psych lectures and things online and am taking notes but I have been wondering what the proper/standard way of writing in note form about standard deviations is. For ...
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What are data points in psychological profiling?

Just saw the documentary about Cambridge Analytica where they we’re talking about “data points” to profile people to better target them and persuaded them into voting a certain way. I think they ...
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Are personality characteristics correlated with certain underlying features of the facial expressions of a person?

For instance is it possible to determine with some degree of accuracy if a person is ranks high in openness to new ideas by some photos of the person?
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Is there such a thing as low quality energy source for extroversion?

I've read that extroversion means that a person gets energy from interacting with others. From https://www.verywellmind.com/signs-you-are-an-extrovert-2795426 Extroverts tend to find such social ...
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Categorisation of attributes according to OCEAN

I've read about OCEAN (or The big five or FFM) on Wikipedia and I'm intrigued. I would like to have a categorisation of attributes describing a personality according to the model. Since we have a lot ...
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is it unconcious?

Roughly speaking, I as well as some other people probably have observer following. (1) Sometimes ideas start to come to me out of nowhere, (2) then we sometimes analyze it further and either reject or ...
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What is the personality type of King David? [closed]

Based on the books of old testament, can we tell what kind of personality King David had? I am mainly interested in the five factor model and MBTI.
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Relationship between intelligence (IQ) and Big 5 Personality

Is there any relationship between intelligence and big five personality traits?
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Can the act of studying more be a defense mechanism?

Let's say he/she wants to get good grades because unconsciously he/she is afraid that otherwise a bad future awaits. My question, is the act of studying more a defense mechanism? If it is, under ...
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Generosity in the World Happiness Score

One factor in the World Happiness Score is generosity. I had trouble to understand what this actually means and how it enters into the score. These were my specific questions: Does "generosity" ...
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Can frissons provide an accurate metric to gauge emotional intelligence?

This relates to my other post Frissons on demand. As is stated in the abstract of the cited source below (which discusses voluntarily controlled piloerection), the ability correlates with personality ...
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What are some criticisms of HEXACO from the Big Five camp?

I read the 2009 review-ish chapter of McCrae in The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology and I noticed he never once mentions HEXACO (or its 6th axis: honesty-humility), although McCrae does ...
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In Transactional Analysis, how can one kill or at least voice down the “Critical Parent” ego state?

The Parent ego state is like a tape recorder full of pre- judged, prejudiced, pre-programmed statements. These "taped" statements can get activated while we are in our Adult or Child and then we can ...
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Do any personality factors reduce illusory superiority?

Apparently individuals suffering from schizotypy lack illusory superiority in one particular domain: evaluation of their affect. That is to say, neurotypicals overrate their positive affect (and ...
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How does the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument relate to the Big Five?

The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) is apparently quite popular in MBA classes and even in conflict negotiation practice: The TKI is popular beyond the confines of negotiation classes....
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“High-conflict people”

While having a look at a recent question here, I ran into some (non-peer reviewed) articles with a description like High-conflict people (HCPs) have high-conflict personalities. This means they ...
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What does White guilt feel like, how does it socially manifest itself & is it treatable?

White guilt would appear to be a genuine phenomenon which only White people can ever experience - and yet many people deny that it exists, at all, or that it is a form of phoney Liberalism or, worse, "...
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How long does it takes for the feeling of vengeance to fade away by time?

Psychologically, how long does it take for a person to forget the feeling of vengeance over other person or community? For example, imagine this scenario: There was a city which was sacked by army ...
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What kind of political views are sociopaths more likely to espouse?

I know of the pretty controversial links between personality and political orientation, in general terms, e.g. Although most research examining whether openness and conscientiousness influence ...
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Please recommend a book about codependency that is not in regards to substance abuse

I would like to find a book that would be helpful to a codependent person with the following criteria. The book focuses on relationships with needy people who don't care for themselves, instead of ...
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Persistent problems among relationsips

Firstly my apologies if this isn't the correct se sight to ask this. Background I had a psychology professor some years ago (now that I think of it probably more like many years ago...) who ...
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Stability of Personality and Formation

As an economist I'm interested in what shapes personality and Indeed whether or not personality/traits change over time. For example, does personality change when placed in a high pressure environment,...
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Is there a Big Five personality assessment under an open-commercial license?

I am currently working on a project with a few students. It's an app that can test the big 5 personality test. The problem is, I am having trouble finding one that is under an open license and that we ...
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Is passive-aggressive behavior conscious or unconscious?

It is my experience that people who show passive aggressive behavior do not realize it or at least do not admit it. Which leads me to the question whether passive-aggressive behavior can be ...
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Are all personalities divisive?

Most people like the smell of oranges. You might say that the distribution of reactions to the smell of oranges leans to the right. Most people dislike the smell of sewage. You might say that the ...
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What kind of psychologists study 'genius'?

Which sub-field of psychology deals with differences in human intelligence? As in, what makes someone an intellectual genius? Or, maybe a bit more humbly, why are some people more intelligent than ...
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Can drugs support emotional developement in personality disorders?

Some personality disorders are associated with a degree of emotional blindness or coldness with narcissistic PD being such an example. I wonder whether there are drugs that - in addition to ...
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How to measure raw score and convert into base rate in MCMI-III personality test?

I have been studying MCMI-iii test. Total 175 personality questions are present there. These questions have 2 options i.e. true or false. Based on that, person's personality get decided. Can anyone ...
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Is there actually a correlation between emotional trauma and homosexuality

One of the key talking points I hear to disparage homosexuality is that it stems from "a lack of a strong male figure" or some variation of that, putting aside the obvious irrelevancy of argument. I ...
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Possible applications of the big five personality traits testing in human resource departments

I am a multimedia artist who is interning in a human resources department of a casino resort. In the department we have daily meetings to discuss updates to both the orientation and the performance of ...
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Do vulnerable/covert/shy narcissists seek therapy for NPD?

It is known that common (a.k.a. overt, flamboyant) narcissists rarely seek therapy on their own. However, there is an atypycal type of narcissism called “shy”, “covert” or “vulnerable“. They behave ...
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How to test people's compatibility for friendship

I'd like to have a test that would predict whether two people will get along (enjoy conversation and possibly become friends) if they try? The idea is simple: many people pass the test and then, by ...
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Free-to-use parenting style questionnaire

I'm working on a master's thesis in UX design that I might want to turn into a commercial project later on. The subject matter is use of Nonviolent Communication (NVC) in parenting. For the research ...
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Nature vs. nurture in irritability?

For example, personally I'm quite irritable. It's not hard to irritate me and I swear either through an inner voice or whisper very often, but not out-loud. That does not happen very often. This is ...