Personality research centered on the Big Five personality traits has heavily impacted our understanding in regards to what forces orient a person on a political spectrum. Examining how personality differences interact with political orientation, this research seeks to provide information on what makes someone either more or less likely to be liberal or conservative based on their temperament. In this paper, previous personality research is synthesized into one discussion, centered on what the effects of each trait are and how they impact political orientation, the heritability of personality, and what implications there are for such research in the realm of political psychology and political discourse in general.
Phillips, Ian E..
"Big Five Personality Traits and Political Orientation: An Inquiry into Political Beliefs."
The Downtown Review.
Available at: https://engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/tdr/vol7/iss2/6
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