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Corr I 60
Neuroticism/emotion/five-factor model/personality psychology/psychological theories: The strongest and most obvious link between the Big Five and emotional dispositions exists for neuroticism. As a matter of fact, neuroticism is primarily an emotional disposition: the propensity to experience negative emotions, in particular fear, anger and depression. No wonder, then, that strong correlations have been obtained between standard measures of neuroticism and measures of dispositional negative affect, such as the trait form of the Negative Affect sub-scale of the PANAS (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule). The robustness of this finding led Tellegen (1985)(1) to argue that neuroticism be renamed ‘negative emotionality’, which is indeed offered as an alternative label for neuroticism in a more recent chapter on the Five-Factor Model (John and Srivastava 1999)(2). Cf. >Extraversion, >Agreeableness, >Openness to experience, >conscientiousness, >introversion, >Five-Factor Model.


1. Tellegen, A. 1985. Structures of mood and personality and their relevance to assessing anxiety, with an emphasis on self-report, in A. H. Tuma and J. D. Maser (eds.), Anxiety and the anxiety disorders, pp. 681–706. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum
2. John, O. P. and Srivastava, S. 1999. The Big Five trait taxonomy: history, measurement, and theoretical perspectives, in L. A. Pervin and O. P. John (eds.), Handbook of personality: theory and research, 2nd edn, pp. 102–38. New York: Guilford Press


Rainer Reisenzein & Hannelore Weber, “Personality and emotion”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press.


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Psychological Theories
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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