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Personality Traits May Not Be Universal
2013-01-11 07:13:45

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The field of psychology has long adhered to an elegant theory of personality structure known the five-factor-model (FFM). The theory is built around five core personality traits known as the “Big Five” that are believed to be universal features of human psychology. But a team of anthropologists at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is now casting doubt on the universal applicability of this model based...

2013-01-03 15:21:58

Study of farmer-foragers raises doubt about application of popular personality model Five personality traits widely thought to be universal across cultures might not be, according to a study of an isolated Bolivian society. Researchers who spent two years looking at 1,062 members of the Tsimane culture found that they didn't necessarily exhibit the five broad dimensions of personality — openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness and neuroticism — also known as...

Neuroticism May Be Good For You
2012-12-29 10:14:16

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Anxiety has often been at least anecdotally linked with health issues, but new research from one US university hospital suggests high levels of neuroticism could actually be good for a person's well-being. As reported previously by Today.com, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) post-doctoral fellow Nicholas Turiano has discovered evidence that subjects who described themselves as worriers and who also demonstrated...

Gorillas Who Are Extraverted Live Longer
2012-12-06 05:19:25

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online By observing and collecting data for 18 years on 298 gorillas in North American zoos and sanctuaries, an international team of scientists has examined the role of personality. Keepers, volunteers, researchers and caretakers who knew the gorillas well assessed their personalities, using a scoring method adapted from techniques for studying people and other primates. They found four personality traits — dominance,...

Marriage Threatened By Personality Traits
2012-11-13 14:31:18

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Nick Frye-Cox of the University of Missouri has recently published a study that details a particular threat to marriages and other intimate relationships. Frye-Cox is a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies. Along with other researchers, his contention is that persons who possess a certain dissociative personality trait unwittingly harm their personal relationships. While communication can...

2012-06-11 10:43:39

New research from the University of Warwick suggests getting more money may not make you happier, especially if you are neurotic. In a working paper, economist Dr Eugenio Proto, from the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) at the University of Warwick, looked at how personality traits can affect the way we feel about our income in terms of levels of life satisfaction. He found evidence suggesting that neurotic people can view a pay rise or an increase in income...

2012-05-31 12:39:25

Married people may be happier in the long run than those who aren't married, according to new research by Michigan State University scientists. Their study, online in the Journal of Research in Personality, finds that although matrimony does not make people happier than they were when they were single, it appears to protect against normal declines in happiness during adulthood. "Our study suggests that people on average are happier than they would have been if they didn't get married,"...

2012-04-30 19:39:28

UC Berkeley study finds atheists, agnostics and less religious people are more driven by compassion to be generous "Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people. In three experiments, social scientists found that compassion consistently drove less religious people to be more...

2012-02-17 11:11:05

Even without combat, military service has subtle, lingering effects, study says It´s no secret that battlefield trauma can leave veterans with deep emotional scars that impact their ability to function in civilian life. But new research led by Washington University in St. Louis suggests that military service, even without combat, has a subtle lingering effect on a man´s personality, making it potentially more difficult for veterans to get along with friends, family and...

2012-01-26 13:29:14

Psychologists have found that buying life experiences makes people happier than buying possessions, but who spends more of their spare cash on experiences? New findings published this week in the Journal of Positive Psychology reveal extraverts and people who are open to new experiences tend to spend more of their disposable income on experiences, such as concert tickets or a weekend away, rather than hitting the mall for material items. These habitual "experiential shoppers" reaped...