Circumplex Models of Personality and Emotions
For the past few decades, the major approach to studying personality and emotion has been the so-called "five-factor" model. But at the same time, a growing number of researchers have been exploring a radical alternative model: the circumplex.
The circumplex model focuses on determining how traits and emotions are structurally similar, and its underlying assumption is that a relatively seamless circular odering, or circumplex, is an economical description of the relations among traits and emotions. This new book, edited by two of the best-known proponents of the circumplex model, explores this model and shows its application to a variety of research and treatment settings: personality disorders, family therapy, occupational choice, and test construction. The circumplex model allows a broader view of personality and of the interpersonal relationships integral to understanding just what makes a personality the way it is.