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The H Factor of Personality: Why Some People are Manipulative, Self-Entitled, Materialistic, and Exploitive_And Why It Matters for Everyone Paperback – November 5, 2012
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“The H Factor is a tour de force. Anchored in solid scientific research, it offers fascinating insights into how previously neglected aspects of personality influence people’s strategies about power, social hierarchies, money, and sex. And it offers sound practical advice for navigating the social world of some unsavory characters. It’s a ‘must-read.’” (David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire and Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind)
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- David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire and Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind
"Kibeom Lee and Michael Ashton, two leading figures in the science of personality, reveal some surprising facts about Honesty-Humility, a profound but misunderstood aspect of personality. Everyone from the sincere and scrupulous to the sly and duplicitous will look at themselves--and most certainly at other people--in a new light."
- Paul Silvia, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, author of How to Write a Lot
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How could such an important aspect of personality fall through the cracks? Well, for models such as the Myers-Briggs and StrengthsFinder, its absence is understandable because the creators of these models made a conscious decision to focus on the positive aspects of personality. But when it comes to the model that is currently the most widely used by personality researchers, the "Five Factor model" (also known as the "Big Five") the explanation is not so simple.
The Five Factor model breaks personality down into five factors (each of which are composed of six subtraits or facets) that are seen as the "primary colors" from which each unique personality is created.Read more ›
There are also a lot of good articles on the subject that you can find on google, eg the article 'Empirical, Theoretical, and Practical Advantages of the HEXACO Model of Personality Structure'.
I do have some questions left unanswered after reading the book. I hope the authors will address some of these questions in later works:
* In the book it's claimed that the Openness scale includes a tendency to be interested in science. However the questionnaire in the hexaco-pir contains very few items that assess scientific interests. According to the survey 'Psychometric Characteristics of a Public-Domain Self-Report Measure of Vocational Interests: The Oregon Vocational Interest Scales' the Openness scale does not predict interest in "stem subjects" like science and math. So it seems to me that it's not correct to claim that people low in Openness is not interested in science.
* Sense of humor is not discussed in the book. I think this is an important aspect of personality, and it should at least have been mentioned.
* "Femininity vs Masculinity" is not discussed in depth. I doubt these traits are completely captured by the Emotionality factor. E.g men and woman like different types of movies, and choose different occupations and so on. There seems to be lots of gender differences in personality that the HEXACO model does not account for.Read more ›
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Maybe I am overly sensitive to this issue but I detected a political/philosophical bias and I wonder how aware of this the authors are? Read morePublished 29 days ago by Jesse M
There was maybe a little too much explaining for more advanced readers and researchers, but I appreciated the authors' step by step analysis of their correlations and findings. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Josh Telfer
Everybody interested in personality characterization and associated interactions should read this book. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Never Stop Learning