6. The Five-Factor Model, Five-Factor Theory, and Interpersonal Psychology

  1. Leonard M. Horowitz PhD2 and
  2. Stephen Strack PhD3
  1. Paul T. Costa Jr. PhD and
  2. Robert R. McCrae PhD

Published Online: 16 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118001868.ch6

Handbook of Interpersonal Psychology: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions

Handbook of Interpersonal Psychology: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions

How to Cite

Costa, P. T. and McCrae, R. R. (2010) The Five-Factor Model, Five-Factor Theory, and Interpersonal Psychology, in Handbook of Interpersonal Psychology: Theory, Research, Assessment, and Therapeutic Interventions (eds L. M. Horowitz and S. Strack), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118001868.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA

  2. 3

    Psychology Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Author Information

  1. Laboratory of Personality and Cognition, NIH Biomedical Research Center, Baltimore, MD, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 16 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 22 NOV 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470471609

Online ISBN: 9781118001868

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Keywords:

  • traits;
  • characteristic adaptations;
  • personality development;
  • complementarity;
  • personality theory

Summary

The five-factor model (FFM) is a taxonomy of traits; five-factor theory (FFT) is a theory of personality based on research with the FFM. Both are useful in understanding interpersonal psychology. Traits traditionally considered interpersonal fall in the plane defined by FFM extraversion and agreeableness, but all five factors have interpersonal consequences. FFT offers an account of the operation of traits in interaction with the environment; in interpersonal interactions, people serve as reciprocal environments to each other. Adult attachment, like many other topics in interpersonal psychology, may be profitably viewed from the perspective of FFT.