The lexical approach to personality: A historical review of trait taxonomic research

  title={The lexical approach to personality: A historical review of trait taxonomic research},
  author={Oliver P. John and Alois Angleitner and Fritz Ostendorf},
  journal={European Journal of Personality},
  pages={171 - 203}
We review research aimed at the development of a compelling taxonomy of personality‐descriptive terms. We identify five issues central to the construction of personality taxonomies and discuss the advantages and limitations of the lexical approach. Our review of research stimulated by this approach begins with Allport and Odbert's trait names, retraces the procedures that led to Cattell's personality factors, and summarizes contemporary work in English and in Dutch. Taxonomers and lay people… 

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