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date: 23 February 2020

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This article describes the connections between basic emotion systems and personality traits. It discusses the fear, anger (or rage), interest (or seeking), and joy emotion systems and links them to personality traits. The article argues that modern psychological findings from behavior genetic, longitudinal, and clinical studies cannot be interpreted without including stable individuating personality traits as causes in psychological theories. Using personality sketches to illustrate behavioral features, it provides an introduction to trait concepts that can enrich clinical case conception. The article looks at the highly available Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 (MMPI-2) personality trait scales, called the Personality Psychopathology-Five scales, and how they are used in personality assessment.

Keywords: emotion, personality, personality assessment, personality traits, MMPI-2, Personality Psychopathology-Five, fear, anger, joy

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