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.

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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