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The H Factor of Personality


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Table of Contents

  • The H Factor of Personality: Why Some People are Manipulative, Self-Entitled, Materialistic, and Exploitve-And Why It Matters for Everyone by Kibeom Lee and Michael C. Ashton
  • List of Boxes
  • Acknowledgements
  • 1 Meet the H Factor
  • 2 The Missing Link of Personality Psychology
  • The ""Big Five"" Personality Factors
  • Six Personality Factors
  • 3 HEXACO: The Six Dimensions of Personality
  • Engagement and Endeavour: Openness to Experience (O), Conscientiousness (C), and Extraversion (X)
  • Altruism versus Antagonism: Honesty-Humility (H), Agreeableness (A), and Emotionality (E)
  • 4 A Field Guide to Low-H People
  • Low H, Low E: Greed without Fear-or Pity
  • Low H, High E: Weaseling and Whining
  • Low H, High X: Narcissism Run Wild
  • Low H, Low X: The Smug Silent Types
  • Low H, Low A: Just Plain Nasty
  • Low H, High A: Inoffensive but Insincere
  • Low H, Low C: An Employer's Worst Nightmare
  • Low H, High C: Selfish Ambition
  • Low H, Low O: Shallow and Narrow
  • Low H, High O: Sophisticated Snobbery
  • 5 Can You Tell Someone's Level of H?
  • Personality in Strangers
  • Self-Reports of H: Are They Honest?
  • Knowing Someone's Personality: H Is Among the Last Things You Learn
  • H in the Workplace: Hard to Tell
  • 6 Do High-H People Flock Together?
  • Similarity Beyond Personality
  • Similarity-and Perceived Similarity-in Friends
  • Personality, Values, and Relationships
  • 7 Politics
  • Right-Wing Authoritarianism (RWA) and Social Dominance Orientation (SDO)
  • O and Right-Wing Authoritarianism
  • H and Social Dominance Orientation
  • Personality and Political Party Support
  • 8 Religion
  • Personality and Religious Beliefs
  • Traditional Religion versus Mystical Spirituality: The Role of O
  • Reasons for Religious Observance: The Role of H
  • Do Religions Promote High H?
  • 9 Money, Power, and Sex
  • Money
  • Power
  • Sex
  • 10 How to Identify Low-H People-and How to Live Around Them
  • Not-So-Valid Signs of High H
  • Respectability / Anti-conformity / Religious Piety / Championing the Underdog / Blunt Criticism / Publicly Displayed Generosity
  • Valid Signs of Low H
  • Beating the System / Instrumental Ingratiation / Gambling and Financial Speculation / Sexual Infidelity / Conspicuous Consumption (and Name Dropping) / ""Above the Law"" Mentality / Contempt of Other Groups
  • Living Around Low-H People
  • Epilogue: On Becoming a High-H Person
  • Appendix: The HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised
  • HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised (Self-Report Form)
  • HEXACO Personality Inventory-Revised (Observer Report Form)
  • HEXACO-PI-R Scoring and Interpretation
  • Notes
  • References

About the Author

Kibeom Lee is a professor of psychology at the University of Calgary. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, he received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and was formerly a lecturer at the University of Western Australia. He is the author of many scientific articles in personality and industrial/organizational psychology. Michael C. Ashton is a professor of psychology at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario. He is the author of the textbook Individual Differences and Personality and of many scientific articles in personality psychology.


The H Factor is a tour de force. Anchored in solid scientific research, it offers fascinating insights into how previously neglected aspects of personality influence people's strategies about power, social hierarchies, money, and sex. And it offers sound practical advice for navigating the social world of some unsavory characters. It's a "must-read." -- David M. Buss, author of The Evolution of Desire and Evolutionary Psychology: The New Science of the Mind

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