Personality, Structure

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Personality psychologists have made strong progress toward a consensual hierarchical model of personality structure, built around the well-established 'Big Five' (neuroticism, extraversion, conscientiousness, agreeableness, openness) and 'Big Three' (negative emotionality, positive emotionality, disinhibition versus constraint). At the superordinate level, these traits merge to form the 'Big Two,' and possibly a general factor of personality. At the lower order level, each of the Big Five domains may be broken down into aspects, and further into facets. We discuss the content of each structural level, as well as the location of several 'clinical traits' (self-criticism, perfectionism, anxiety sensitivity) within the personality structure.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier- Hanley and Belfus Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780123750006
ISBN (Print)9780080961804
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


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