Now if they had made it round like a wheel. Then the spokes: sports, sports, sports.


For decades, consensus among psychologists has held that a group of five personality traits –– or slight variations of these five –– are a universal feature of human psychology. However, a study by anthropologists at UC Santa Barbara raises doubt about the veracity of that five-factor model (FFM) of personality structure as it relates to indigenous populations. […] Studying the Tsimane, an isolated indigenous group in central Bolivia, Michael Gurven, a professor of anthropology at UCSB and lead author of the paper, found they did not necessarily exhibit the five broad dimensions of personality –– openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. While previous research has found strong support for what experts refer to as the “Big Five” in more developed countries and across some cultures, Gurven and his team discovered more evidence of a Tsimane “Big Two” –– prosociality and industriousness.

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photo { Nadav Kander, Chongqing IV, Sunday Picnic, 2006 }