An atlas of personality, emotion and behaviour

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A novel two-dimensional matrix taxonomy, or atlas, of personality, emotion and behaviour is presented. The two dimensions of the atlas, affiliation and dominance, are demonstrated to have theoretical foundations in neurobiology and social psychology. Both dimensions are divided into five ordinal categories, creating a square matrix of 25 cells. A new catalogue of 20,669 English words descriptive of personality, emotion, behaviour, and power is also presented. The catalogue is more comprehensive than previous catalogues, and is novel in its inclusion of intrapersonal, group, and societal behaviours. All words in the catalogue were scored according to the atlas, facilitating visualisation in two dimensions. This enabled a contiguous and novel comparison of existing psychological taxonomies, as well as broader societal concepts such as leadership, ethics, and crime. Using the atlas, a novel psychological test is developed with improved sensitivity and specificity.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere0227877
Pages (from-to)1-25
Number of pages25
JournalPLoS ONE
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jan 2020

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  • emotions
  • personality traits
  • personality
  • taxonomy
  • catalogs
  • behavior
  • social psychology

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