We extracted General Factors of Personality (GFPs) from inventories based on the Big Five model and on Eysenck's Giant Three model within one sample (N=274). The GFPs from the two inventories showed considerable overlap, ranging from .52 to .67 (in absolute values). The mean intercorrelation was r=60. Moreover, the GFPs showed strong overlap with measures of trait emotional intelligence (r mean=72). These correlations remained substantial even after we controlled for social desirability bias. Overall, the pattern of results supports the notion of the GFP as a construct that is consistent across different measures and that is closely related to the construct of trait emotional intelligence.

Big Five, General Factor of Personality, Giant Three, Trait emotional intelligence
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2012.03.001, hdl.handle.net/1765/62400
Personality and Individual Differences
Department of Psychology

van der Linden, D, Tsaousis, I, & Petrides, K.V. (2012). Overlap between General Factors of Personality in the Big Five, Giant Three, and trait emotional intelligence. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(3), 175–179. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2012.03.001