Are we looking for parsimony, or what?
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Special Issue: The Fifth of the Big Five
Volume 8, Issue 4, pages 335–339, November 1994
How to Cite
Hofstee, W. K. B. (1994), Are we looking for parsimony, or what?. Eur. J. Pers., 8: 335–339. doi: 10.1002/per.2410080409
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUN 1994
In a comment on the special issue of the European Journal of Personality on Factor V from the Five-Factor Model, I argue that attempts to arrive at a definitive interpretation are premature in view of the limitations of the item pools that have been used, arbitrariness in choosing criteria for item selection, and limitations of sample sizes. At present, the best tentative interpretation of V is Creativity/Imagination. However, the relation of this concept to the domain of measured intelligence should be reconsidered. The joint study of temperament (Factors I and IV), character (II and HI), and intelligence factors should provide insight into the fascinating blends that arise between these dimensions. Such blends are captured by the Abridged Big-Five Dimensional Circumplex approach to personality structure in a parsimonious manner.