The Five-Factor Framing of Personality and Beyond: Some Ruminations

  title={The Five-Factor Framing of Personality and Beyond: Some Ruminations},
  author={Jack Block},
  journal={Psychological Inquiry},
  pages={2 - 25}
  • J. Block
  • Published 2010
  • Psychology
  • Psychological Inquiry
The five-factor conceptualization of personality has been presented as all-embracing in understanding personality and has even received authoritative recommendation for understanding early development. I raise various concerns regarding this popular model. More specifically, (a) the atheoretical nature of the five-factors, their cloudy measurement, and their inappropriateness for studying early childhood are discussed; (b) the method (and morass) of factor analysis as the exclusive paradigm for… Expand
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