The HEXACO Personality Inventory Model

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The HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised is a questionnaire which is used to measure personality along six major dimensions, namely Honesty-Humility, Emotionality, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness and Openness to Experience. Each dimension consists of four narrower traits. As an example, the narrow traits, also called the different facets of a dimension, related to the broad trait of Agreeableness are Forgiveness, Gentleness, Flexibility and Patience (Ashton, 2013). Inventories like the HEXACO-PI-R examine personality based on traits. Personality traits reflect an individual’s overall tendency of behaviour, thoughts and feelings across situations. By comparing the results of different people, it is possible to identify meaningful differences in the behaviour among individuals. Findings are used for research purposes, for example to investigate the stability of personality traits over time or the relationship between personality traits and several life outcomes (Ashton, 2013). It is important to note that the HEXACO-PI-R measures normal variation in behaviour and is not used to diagnose mental health problems. However, especially the dimension of Honesty-Humility captures some…show more content…
The dimensions are the results of lexical studies, studies that aim at grouping adjectives to identify major categories. Earlier lexical studies identified the traits of the Big Five model. When later studies investigated a large number of adjectives across many different languages an additional dimension emerged, namely the dimension of Honesty-Humility (Ashton, 2013). It is especially because of this dimension that the HEXACO-PI-R can be advantageous compared to other inventories in terms of predictive validity. Some aspects of behaviour are more accurately reflected by the Honesty-Humility dimension (Lee & Ashton,
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