The Five-Factor Model of Personality: Theoretical Perspectives

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Since the 1980s, personality psychologists from a range of perspectives have found the five-factor model to be an effective tool for identifying and structuring personality attributes. Measuring individual differences in terms of degrees of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to experience, the model provides a common language for the field of personality psychology while, at the same time, it supports widely divergent approaches. How has the model evolved over time, ...
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Overview

Since the 1980s, personality psychologists from a range of perspectives have found the five-factor model to be an effective tool for identifying and structuring personality attributes. Measuring individual differences in terms of degrees of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and openness to experience, the model provides a common language for the field of personality psychology while, at the same time, it supports widely divergent approaches. How has the model evolved over time, and how has it been challenged? Are these five dimensions adequate to describe the entire range of personality traits? This timely and inclusive volume addresses these and other questions as it explores the five-factor model's theoretical underpinnings, initiating a fruitful dialogue among some of the leading figures in contemporary personality research.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This volume is a much-needed examination of the five-factor model and its contribution to the ongoing revolution in theorizing about personality. The book demonstrates that the five-factor model is much more than an extraordinarily consistent and perhaps universal empirical picture of five basic personality dimensions. The volume presents perspectives from the new wave of theorizing that will replace the grand old theories of personality, a wave to which the five-factor model contributes. Both the novice and the journeyman in personality will profit greatly from studying this highly readable volume." --Donald W. Fiske, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

"One of the most significant contributions to the resurgence of personality psychology in the last 15 years is the establishment of the five-factor model of personality traits. This collection of six ambitious and integrative essays written by leading scholars in personality psychology marks a coming of age for the five-factor model. Many articles and books demonstrate the range and the facility of 'the Big Five' as a grand scheme for organizing dispositional characteristics in personality. But this impressive volume is distinguished for the authors' efforts to generate new theoretical perspectives informed by the five-factor trait model and to link the model to lines of theorizing coming out of evolutionary psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the humanities. As such, this volume begins what promises to be a long and fruitful conversation among scholars of different stripes and varied disciplines about persons, personality, and the nature of human individuality." --Dan P. McAdams, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Northwestern University

Choice

"...a highly stimulating and suggestive work."--Choice
Internet Bookwatch

"The Five-Factor Model of Personality is an invaluable resource in the field of personality, social, and clinical psychology. Highly recommended! "--Internet Bookwatch
Choice

"...a highly stimulating and suggestive work."--Choice
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD (Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: The five-factor model has been proposed as a fundamental framework for the organization of personality traits. This book consists of six essays that examine the five-factor model from various perspectives: historical, lexical, trait, interpersonal, socioanalytic, and evolutionary.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate "the diversity of theoretical perspectives that are currently being brought to bear on the five-factor model (FFM) "of personality. This is a worthy objective because research in this area too often appears to be atheoretical and because the contributors to this volume too rarely communicate so publicly amongst themselves.
Audience: The primary audience for this book is personality and social psychologists. However, other psychologists and psychology students, as well as social scientists with interdisciplinary interests, will also find the book useful. The contributors are leading scholars in the field.
Features: The book has a simple but attractive overall appearance. The references at the end of each chapter are both current and pertinent. Tables and figures appear intermittently throughout the book.
Assessment: This is a scholarly and highly readable book that fills a void in the personality literature where journal articles dominate but rarely allow their authors the time to place their research in a larger, theoretical context. Given the current popularity of the five-factor model and the high quality of these essays, this book clearly belongs in any library that aspires to have an up-to-date psychology section.
From the Publisher

"This volume is a much-needed examination of the five-factor model and its contribution to the ongoing revolution in theorizing about personality. The book demonstrates that the five-factor model is much more than an extraordinarily consistent and perhaps universal empirical picture of five basic personality dimensions. The volume presents perspectives from the new wave of theorizing that will replace the grand old theories of personality, a wave to which the five-factor model contributes. Both the novice and the journeyman in personality will profit greatly from studying this highly readable volume." —Donald W. Fiske, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

"One of the most significant contributions to the resurgence of personality psychology in the last 15 years is the establishment of the five-factor model of personality traits. This collection of six ambitious and integrative essays written by leading scholars in personality psychology marks a coming of age for the five-factor model. Many articles and books demonstrate the range and the facility of 'the Big Five' as a grand scheme for organizing dispositional characteristics in personality. But this impressive volume is distinguished for the authors' efforts to generate new theoretical perspectives informed by the five-factor trait model and to link the model to lines of theorizing coming out of evolutionary psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the humanities. As such, this volume begins what promises to be a long and fruitful conversation among scholars of different stripes and varied disciplines about persons, personality, and the nature of human individuality." —Dan P. McAdams, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Northwestern University

Choice

"...a highly stimulating and suggestive work."—Choice
Internet Bookwatch

"The Five-Factor Model of Personality is an invaluable resource in the field of personality, social, and clinical psychology. Highly recommended! "—Internet Bookwatch
From The Critics
Reviewer: Peter B. Zeldow, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description: The five-factor model has been proposed as a fundamental framework for the organization of personality traits. This book consists of six essays that examine the five-factor model from various perspectives: historical, lexical, trait, interpersonal, socioanalytic, and evolutionary.
Purpose: The purpose is to illustrate "the diversity of theoretical perspectives that are currently being brought to bear on the five-factor model (FFM) "of personality. This is a worthy objective because research in this area too often appears to be atheoretical and because the contributors to this volume too rarely communicate so publicly amongst themselves.
Audience: The primary audience for this book is personality and social psychologists. However, other psychologists and psychology students, as well as social scientists with interdisciplinary interests, will also find the book useful. The contributors are leading scholars in the field.
Features: The book has a simple but attractive overall appearance. The references at the end of each chapter are both current and pertinent. Tables and figures appear intermittently throughout the book.
Assessment: This is a scholarly and highly readable book that fills a void in the personality literature where journal articles dominate but rarely allow their authors the time to place their research in a larger, theoretical context. Given the current popularity of the five-factor model and the high quality of these essays, this book clearly belongs in any library that aspires to have an up-to-date psychology section.
From the Publisher
"This volume is a much-needed examination of the five-factor model and its contribution to the ongoing revolution in theorizing about personality. The book demonstrates that the five-factor model is much more than an extraordinarily consistent and perhaps universal empirical picture of five basic personality dimensions. The volume presents perspectives from the new wave of theorizing that will replace the grand old theories of personality, a wave to which the five-factor model contributes. Both the novice and the journeyman in personality will profit greatly from studying this highly readable volume." —Donald W. Fiske, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

"One of the most significant contributions to the resurgence of personality psychology in the last 15 years is the establishment of the five-factor model of personality traits. This collection of six ambitious and integrative essays written by leading scholars in personality psychology marks a coming of age for the five-factor model. Many articles and books demonstrate the range and the facility of 'the Big Five' as a grand scheme for organizing dispositional characteristics in personality. But this impressive volume is distinguished for the authors' efforts to generate new theoretical perspectives informed by the five-factor trait model and to link the model to lines of theorizing coming out of evolutionary psychology, sociology, anthropology, and the humanities. As such, this volume begins what promises to be a long and fruitful conversation among scholars of different stripes and varied disciplines about persons, personality, and the nature of human individuality." —Dan P. McAdams, Ph.D., Professor of Human Development and Psychology, Northwestern University

Choice
"...a highly stimulating and suggestive work."—Choice
Internet Bookwatch
"The Five-Factor Model of Personality is an invaluable resource in the field of personality, social, and clinical psychology. Highly recommended! "—Internet Bookwatch
Peter B. Zeldow
The five-factor model has been proposed as a fundamental framework for the organization of personality traits. This book consists of six essays that examine the five-factor model from various perspectives: historical, lexical, trait, interpersonal, socioanalytic, and evolutionary. The purpose is to illustrate the diversity of theoretical perspectives that are currently being brought to bear on the five-factor model (FFM) of personality. This is a worthy objective because research in this area too often appears to be atheoretical and because the contributors to this volume too rarely communicate so publicly amongst themselves. The primary audience for this book is personality and social psychologists. However, other psychologists and psychology students, as well as social scientists with interdisciplinary interests, will also find the book useful. The contributors are leading scholars in the field. The book has a simple but attractive overall appearance. The references at the end of each chapter are both current and pertinent. Tables and figures appear intermittently throughout the book. This is a scholarly and highly readable book that fills a void in the personality literature where journal articles dominate but rarely allow their authors the time to place their research in a larger, theoretical context. Given the current popularity of the five-factor model and the high quality of these essays, this book clearly belongs in any library that aspires to have an up-to-date psychology section.
Booknews
Six essays illustrate the diversity of theoretical perspectives on the five-factor model of personality and the opportunities it provides for communicating and sharing ideas among some of the major schools in personality research. They include a history of the model, lexical and socioanalytic perspectives, and a discussion of social adaptation. Erratum enclosed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572300682
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/1/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author


Jerry S. Wiggins, Ph.D., has held teaching positions at the University of Rochester, Stanford University, the University of Illinois, and the University of British Columbia, where he is currently Professor of Psychology and coordinator of the graduate program in personality. He is internationally known for his advocacy of theory-driven methods of personality assessment and for his efforts to integrate diverse approaches to personality test construction, including the empirical, psychometric-trait, and interpersonal traditions.
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Table of Contents


1. The Curious History of the Five-Factor Model, John M. Digman
2. The Language of Personality: Lexical Perspectives on the Five-Factor Model, Gerard Saucier and Lewis R. Goldberg
3. Toward a New Generation of Personality Theories: Theoretical Contexts for the Five-Factor Model, Robert R. McCrae and Paul T. Costa, Jr.
4. A Dyadic Interactional Perspective on the Five-Factor Model, Jerry S. Wiggins and Paul D. Trapnell
5. A Socioanalytic Perspective on the Five-Factor Model, Robert Hogan
6. Social Adaptation and Five Major Factors of Personality, David M. Buss
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