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Scientists determine four personality types based on new data

Comprehensive data analysis dispels established paradigms in psychology

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Credit for all materials: Northwestern University

 

 

Meet the researchers

AmaralLUIS AMARAL

Co-author; Erastus Otis Haven Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Northwestern University’s McCormick School of Engineering
amaral@northwestern.edu

 

 

Farb

BEATRICE FARB

Co-author; intern at Amaral Lab
bhfarb@gmail.com

 

 

Gerlach

MARTIN GERLACH

First author; postdoctoral fellow at Amaral Lab
martin.gerlach@northwestern.edu

 

 

Revelle

WILLIAM REVELLE

Co-author; professor of psychology at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
revelle@northwestern.edu

 

 

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Researchers determined four personality types – average, self-centered, role model, reserved – based on five character traits – neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness.

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Researchers explain their findings in their own words.

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4Types
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Luis Amaral describes each of the four personality types.

5DSpace
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Martin Gerlach explains how a machine-learning algorithm distinguishes personality types.

ConvincingBill
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Luis Amaral shares the story of trying to convince co-author Revelle of the importance of their findings.

FurtherResearch
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Luis Amaral previews the next phase of this research – assessing how personalities evolve over time.

Gender
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Luis Amaral describes how age and gender might influence personality types.

Takeaway
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William Revelle explains why knowing your personality type might benefit your behavior.

Traits
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Luis Amaral describes the five traits that make up an individual’s personality.

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