A contrarian view of the five-factor approach to personality description.

@article{Block1995ACV,
  title={A contrarian view of the five-factor approach to personality description.},
  author={Jack Block},
  journal={Psychological bulletin},
  year={1995},
  volume={117 2},
  pages={
          187-215
        }
}
The 5-factor approach (FFA) to personality description has been represented as a comprehensive and compelling rubric for assessment. In this article, various misgivings about the FFA are delineated. The algorithmic method of factor analysis may not provide dimensions that are incisive. The "discovery" of the five factors may be influenced by unrecognized constraints on the variable sets analyzed. Lexical analyses are based on questionable conceptual and methodological assumptions, and have… CONTINUE READING

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