The Structure of Personality and Temperament

Authored by: Gerard Saucier , Jennifer Simonds

Handbook of Personality Development

Print publication date:  April  2006
Online publication date:  February  2014

Print ISBN: 9780805847161
eBook ISBN: 9781315805610
Adobe ISBN: 9781317778073


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In this chapter we review progress on an important scientific issue—how attributes of personality and temperament can best be organized and structured. After explaining the rationale for doing so, we will discuss some insights that have been gained from studies of person descriptors in diverse languages. We discuss the degree to which one prominent structural model—the Big Five—is indeed an ideal model, and what other structural models are most complementary to this one in terms of strengths. Because inquiries into the structure of attributes depend significantly on how personality and temperament are defined, we begin there.

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