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There are no personality models in which the factors are orthogonal in the strict sense of being at 90 degrees from one another, unless an orthogonal rotation method is used to extract them. I think you meant to say that the Big Five factors are less independent (or more strongly inter-correlated) relative to the factors in other models. Whether or not one ...


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This previous answer talks about evidence for a global or possibly two factor model partially explaining the correlations between the Big 5. In general this global factor may reflect some form of positive, well-being, social adjustment type variance. More generally, having orthogonal factors is desirable from a parsimony perspective. It's useful when ...


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I would like to answer this question from a mathematical point of view. The word "openness" means something that is real and correlated with some other aspects. Let's assume a 3 dimensional space. If we would like to choose the other dimensions as perpendicular to this first one, we could simply define them by their correlation with the first one being 0. ...



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