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The place of impulsiveness in a dimensional system of personality description.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  843784     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Three questionnaire studies are reported in which sets of items traditionally used to measure impulsiveness were intercorrelated were correlated with measures of the major personality dimensions E (extraversion), N (neuroticism) and P (psychoticism), and also with the L (lie; dissimulation) scale. It It was found that impulsiveness in the broad sense (ImpB) breaks down into four factors (narrow impusliveness or ImpN, risk-taking, non-planning and liveliness) which are replicable from sample to sample and from males to females. These factors are positively correlated with each other and also with sociability to varying degrees. ImpB correlates quite well with extraversion, but even better with psychoticism; ImpN correlates positively with N and P, suggesting that this trait is somewhat pathological. It is suggested that the distinction between ImpB and ImpN is crucial for the discussion of the nature and measurement of extraversion and also for future experimental work on the causal background and experimental testing of impulsive behaviour patterns.
S B Eysenck; H J Eysenck
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The British journal of social and clinical psychology     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0007-1293     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Soc Clin Psychol     Publication Date:  1977 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1977-05-12     Completed Date:  1977-05-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372552     Medline TA:  Br J Soc Clin Psychol     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  57-68     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Extraversion (Psychology)
Impulsive Behavior*
Middle Aged
Neurotic Disorders / complications
Personality Assessment
Psychotic Disorders / complications
Sex Factors

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