Aug 18Liked by Andrew Cutler

Hi I know I'm late, but I'm very interested in this and had a question: Do you know of any studies that a dynamic approach to this topic -- i.e., attempt to trace the change of personality components over time? I was inspired by this piece (https://arxiv.org/pdf/1711.08412.pdf) that looked at stereotypes of women and minorities using the Google Books corpus. I'm interested in the extent to which gender differences in the big 5 hold up historically, which of course raises the question about whether the entire construct holds up historically. I have strong priors that it does NOT, but I can be convinced. Thanks for your time.

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Aug 21, 2022·edited Aug 21, 2022Liked by Andrew Cutler

I should probably write a blog post somewhere on this, but it really doesn't surprise me that these are vectors. I think what we call "personality" is just emotional responses to common situations.

In Plutchik's Wheel of Emotions model there are 8 emotions that can be split into 4 pillars.

Prediction👁️: Anticipation and Surprise

Threat🗡️: Anger (Dominion) and Fear (Submission)

Morality⚖️: Respect and Disgust

Affect😂: Joy and Sadness

From a biological perspective there is only really "the self" and the environment "the world". Personality is our emotional interactions between those two.

Openness/Intellect: Surprise between the Self and the World

Openness: "do you find surprise in the world unthreatening".

Intellect: "does surprise in the world produce joy".

Extroversion: Joy and Anger between the Self and the World

Enthusiasm is "do people bring you joy"

Assertiveness is "when people threaten you do you dominate or submit"

Conscientiousness (tribe relations): Morality between the Self and the World Industriousness/Orderliness is "will coworkers find you respectable (Morality)"

Agreeableness (Affect and the World): Sadness and Fear in the World and the Self's response. Compassion/Politeness: When people are sad/afraid does that make you sad/afraid?

Neuroticism: Are you more governed by the Carrots or the Sticks of emotions? High Neuroticism means you react strongly to the sticks.

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Jun 15, 2022Liked by Andrew Cutler

Having read your interesting article here, you might find my work on the Adaptive Bifurcated Big-Five useful. It’s a different application of vector analysis to the topic than this, but I think it’s very promising. I think I’ve done a pretty good job modeling the cross-correlations in the Big Five Aspect Scale by applying the theory (a minor rotation aligning it closer to HEXACO, followed by a bifurcation into competing adaptive cognitive systems within a single evolutionary domain) to map each assessment question within a 5d vector-space, aggregate them into aspects and factors, and then use the dot-product to compute their similarity. As an engineer though rather than a scientist, I’ve taken the ideas about as far as I can on my own. I hope you’ll take a look. It has a lot of practical applications, as well as adding significant parsimony to the science.




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What are the three factors extracted in the unrotated model? Are they like the ones Eysenck first noticed or something else?

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