Dichotomous Thinking and Personality Traits: From the Viewpoints of the Big Five and HEXACO

Takahiro Mieda, Atsushi Oshio

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Abstract

Dichotomous thinking is a feature of certain personality traits, such as the Dark Triad and Cluster B personality disorders, which commonly reflect a fast life history strategy. The Big Five and HEXACO personality models are useful for understanding the personality structure and individual differences in life history strategy. Our study aimed to shed light on the propensity for dichotomous thinking using the framework of the Big Five and HEXACO personality models. Participants (n = 229) completed the Dichotomous Thinking Inventory, the 60-item HEXACO Personality Inventory – Revised, and the Ten-Item Personality Inventory. We examined correlations between dichotomous thinking and each domain of the Big Five and HEXACO personality models, and then computed multiple correlations predicting total and dimensional scores on the propensity for dichotomous thinking with scores on the Big Five and HEXACO personality traits. Results indicated that dichotomous thinking tendency is characterized by the set of low Agreeableness and Honesty–Humility. This study suggests that dichotomous thinking has antagonistic characteristics and a linkage to the fast life history strategy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJapanese Psychological Research
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • Big Five personality model
  • HEXACO personality model
  • dichotomous thinking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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