The national psychological/personality profile of Romanians: An in depth analysis of the regional national psychological/personality profile of Romanians
Romanian Journal of Applied Psychology
In this article we perform an in depth analysis of the national psychological/personality profile of Romanians. Following recent developments in the field (see Rentfrow et al., 2013; 2015), we study the regional national psychological/personality profile of Romanians, based on the Big Five model (i.e., NEO PI/R). Using a representative sample (N1 = 1000), we performed a cluster analysis and identified two bipolar personality profiles in the population: cluster 1, called "Factor X-",
... or X-", characterized by high neuroticism and low levels of extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness, and cluster 2, called "Factor X+", characterized by the opposite configuration in personality traits, low neuroticism and high levels of extraversion, openness, agreeableness, and conscientiousness. The same two cluster pattern/solution emerged in other samples (N = 2200), with other Big Five-based instruments, and by using various methods of data (e.g., direct vs. reversed item score, controlling for item desirability) and cluster (i.e., with and without "running means") analyses. These two profiles are quite evenly distributed in the overall population, but also across all geographical regions. Moreover, comparing the distribution of the five personality traits, we found just few small differences between the eight geographical divisions that we used for our analysis. These results suggest that the regional national psychological/personality profile of Romania is quite homogenous. Directions for harnessing the potential of both personality profiles are presented to the reader. Other implications based on the bipolar and fractal structure of the personality profile are discussed from an interdisciplinary perspective.