Personality Psychology in Africa

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Personality in African cultural heritage settings is defined by psycho-behavioral predispositions for relational interdependence with social others. It is an instrument for personhood or relational being-ness person styles or preferences are likely primary pathways for translating personality into personhood oriented actions. The person styles of introverted, organized, practical, thinking, and spiritual were prioritized by teenagers and from several African communities, suggesting the validity of person styles as expressive personality. Lexical approaches to studying personality in African culture settings yielded a nine-cluster structure comprising Emotional Stability, Extraversion, Facilitating, Conscientiousness, Integrity, Intellect, Openness, Relationship Harmony, and Soft-heartedness. The content defining these personality attributes has a strong cultural nuancing and with a good representation of relational expressions.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences
Subtitle of host publicationVolume IV: Clinical, Applied, and Cross-Cultural Research
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781119547181
ISBN (Print)9781119057475
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • African heritage
  • Cross-cultural
  • Cultural
  • Lexical approach
  • Personality conceptions
  • Personhood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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