The HEXACO Model of Personality Structure and the Importance of the H Factor



We give a brief summary of recent research on the structure of personality characteristics, describing the six-dimensional ‘HEXACO’ model that has emerged as the most accurate representation of that structure. We then discuss the importance of personality as a predictor of socially important criteria, describing a variety of examples involving the Honesty–Humility (H) factor. The H dimension, alone or in combination with other factors of the HEXACO model, is related inversely to a wide array of criteria, including criminal activity and other unethical behaviors as well as materialistic and power-seeking tendencies.