The General Factor of Personality - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128112090

The General Factor of Personality

1st Edition

Authors: Janek Musek
Paperback ISBN: 9780128112090
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 16th March 2017
Page Count: 330
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The General Factor of Personality improves our understanding of the personality structure and the relations between major personality dimensions, as well as major dimensions of the entire non-cognitive sphere of psychological variables. The results of the empirical testing and theoretical evaluations in this book contribute to the more comprehensive and precise theoretical framework of the General Factor of Personality (GFP) and that of the entire personality structure.

Additionally, the book answers some unresolved questions concerning the nature of the GFP, including whether it is based more on correlations in real behavior or on other less substantial factors between lower-order dimensions of personality. This book is crucially important not only for theoretical reasons, but also for the tremendous practical and applied value of the assumed general dimension of personality. As a common denominator of all the most important fields of personality beyond cognition (Big Five, well-being, coping, emotionality, motivation, self-concept, self-esteem, control, wisdom and others), the GFP represents an extremely strong single predictor of the quality of life, mental health and well-being, career, academic success, and the quality of family and interpersonal relations.

Key Features

  • Reviews the theoretical and methodological work on the General Factor of Personality (GFP)
  • Presents major research results in the field of GFP and the dimensional structure of personality
  • Provides a balanced and objective approach to the topic of GFP, addressing criticisms and controversies
  • Considers the practical and applied aspects of this research
  • Draws conclusions on the bioevolutionary model of GFP to give a more thorough understanding of biological bases of human personality


Researchers and students in social, personality, and cognitive psychology

Table of Contents

Section A - Breaking With Dogma
1. The Rise of General Factor Personality
2. New Look at the Structure of Personality
3. GFP in the Cross-Cultural Context
4. The Basic Interpretations and Critical Aspects of the GFP

Section B - The Nature and Power of the GFP
5. The Psychological Correlates of General Factor of Personality
6. Biological Aspects of General Factor of Personality
7. The Overall Strength of GFP

Section C - General Dimensions of Personality and Cognition
8. Dimensional Structure of Personality and Beyond
9. Cognitive Abilities and Personality: Two Comprehensive General Factors

Section D - The Perspective of the Multivariate Research in Personality
10. The Future of the Structural Modeling in Personality
11. Toward the Optimal Balance Between the Higher-Order Dimensions in Personality Research


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About the Author

Janek Musek

Janek Musek, Professor Emeritus (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), former vice-rector of the University of Ljubljana, author of more than 200 scientific articles and 35 textbooks in psychology.

Study of psychology (1964-1968), Diplom of Psychology (1968), PhD (1976) all at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Philosophical Faculty), University of Ljubljana.

Professional work as Assistant (1970), Assistant Professor (1977), Associate Professor or Docent (1981), Full Professor (1988), Professor Emeritus (2015) at the Department of psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Ljubljana.

Courses and lectures include introduction to psychology, personality, differential psychology, motivation and emotion, cognitive psychology, media psychology and history of psychology.

Head of Department of psychology (1980-1982), vice-dean of Faculty of Arts and Sciences (1984-1986), vice-rector of the University of Ljubljana (1996-1998). Engaged in more than twenty basic research projects, mostly as the project (program group) leader or principal investigator.

Major research fields: personality psychology, values, individual differences, cognitive psychology, positive psychology, history of psychology; more specific: personality structure, well-being, values, symbolism, decision making.

About 200 scientific articles, 35 textbooks and scientific monographs. The books include: Personality (1982), Scientific Image of Personality (1993), Personality and Values (1993), New Psychological Theory of Values (2000), Psychology of Life (2010), Psychological Basis of the Future Society (2014), Personality, Values and Well-being (2015).

Active participation in numerous national and international scientific conferences and congresses; coordinator or organizer of several national and international scientific congresses.

Mentor to more than 30 PhD and more than 40 MA Degree students.

Cofounder of the Institute of Ethics and Values Jože Trontelj (IEV) and the Institute of Personality Psychology.

Bearer of several national and institutional awards for scientific or professional merits.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor Emeritus, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia