April 2013


I asked Dalliard at Human Varieties about how “real” the Big Five personality factors were and he responded linking to a paper looking at the “facets” or sub-components of those factors. I thought folks might be curious what those facets are, so here goes.

EXTRAVERSION:
Gregariousness
Social confidence versus anxiety
Assertiveness

AGREEABLENESS:
Trustfulness versus cynicism
Compassion versus sensitivity
Humility versus arrogance

CONSCIENTIOUSNESS:
Industriousness
Orderliness
Self-discipline versus distractability

NEUROTOCISM:
Anxiety
Depresssion
Rumination
Irritability

OPENNESS:
Idealism versus conformity
Intellectualism
Adventurousness

It wasn’t that long ago that I last did a post on this subject, and then discussed it with Karl Zimmerman in the GNXP Discover comments. Some more interesting studies on the subject are pointed out at the Freakonomics blog, inspired by Ray Fisman & Tim Sullivan’s book “The Org”. Hat tip to Tyler Cowen. Those interested in that book might want to check out some relevant posts at OrgTheory.

And I’m about half a year late in noticing. I guess that means I won’t have to keep any material duplicated here from there, but I’m too lazy to remove anything and don’t see the utility in doing so.

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