Openness versus intellect: A lexical left turn

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In a recent article, Saucier (1992) disputed McCrae's (1990) view that
lexically defined Intellect differs in fundamental ways from
questionnaire-defined Openness to Experience, and that these differences
are due to lexical underrepresentation of some openness facets. A
re-analysis of Saucier's (1992) lexical data and questionnaire `Factor
V' from three samples are presented, which calls into question Saucier's
conclusion that the Openness-against-Intellect debate may be `much ado
about nothing'. Two facets of incommensurability are identified between
Intellect and Openness variants of Factor V: competency and liberalism.

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  • Paul D. Trapnell

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