Critique of the five-factor model of personality

Gregory J. Boyle*

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Assuming that most aspects of human personality structure are represented in the trait lexicon (i.e. that the personality sphere is encompassed by trait-descriptive words — see Ashton et al., 2004; Saucier and Goldberg, 2001), Allport and Odbert's (1936) list of more than 4,000 English trait descriptors was reduced down to some 35+ clusters of trait synonyms (e.g. see Cattell, 1986). Raymond B. Cattell (who, along with Freud, Piaget, and Eysenck, was listed among the ten most highly cited psychologists of the twentieth.century — Haggbloom et al., 2002: 142), attempted.a comprehensive sampling of the trait lexicon, on the further assumption that the most important attributes of ...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Volume 1 - Personality Theories and Models
EditorsGregory J. Boyle, Gerald Matthews, Donald H. Saklofske
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781849200462
ISBN (Print)9781412946513
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


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