Openness versus intellect: A lexical left turn


  • Paul D. Trapnell

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    1. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    • Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6T-1W5
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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.