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The General Factor of Personality (GFP) as social effectiveness: Review of the literature

van der Linden, D; Dunkel, CS; Petrides, KV; (2016) The General Factor of Personality (GFP) as social effectiveness: Review of the literature. Personality and Individual Differences , 101 pp. 98-105. 10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.020. Green open access

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Abstract

The General Factor of Personality (GFP) is a higher-order factor causing lower-order personality traits to show consistent correlations in a socially desirable direction. The literature on the GFP reveals that there are various scientific interpretations of this construct. One interpretation is that it is a substantive factor reflecting general social effectiveness and exerting a broad influence on behavior. Another interpretation is that it merely reflects methodological or statistical artifacts and has no further relevance for personality research. We review the empirical literature on the nature of the GFP, its possible links to evolutionary processes, and its relation to other constructs overlapping with social effectiveness. We conclude that the substantive interpretation of the GFP is the most plausible, whereas the notion that it is a psychologically meaningless methodological artifact would be rather difficult to uphold.

Type: Article
Title: The General Factor of Personality (GFP) as social effectiveness: Review of the literature
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.020
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2016.05.020
Language: English
Additional information: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial Non-derivative 4.0 International license (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0). This license allows you to share, copy, distribute and transmit the work for personal and non-commercial use providing author and publisher attribution is clearly stated. Further details about CC BY licenses are available at http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by/4.0. Access may be initially restricted by the publisher.
Keywords: Social Sciences, Psychology, Social, Psychology, General Factor of Personality, Social effectiveness, Trait emotional intelligence, Evolutionary psychology, Individual differences, TRAIT EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE, LIFE-HISTORY STRATEGY, HIGHER-ORDER FACTORS, BIG 5, 5-FACTOR MODEL, DIFFERENTIAL-K, ARMED-FORCES, VALIDITY, HERITABILITY, DESIRABILITY
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1519847
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