Five-Factor Model antagonism

Thomas A. Widiger, Joshua R. Oltmanns

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Antagonism is one of the fundamental domains of personality. Antagonism includes such maladaptive traits as being suspicious, mistrustful, deceptive, manipulative, exploitative, self-centered, selfish, oppositional, aggressive, brutal, cruel, arrogant, conceited, and callous, as well as such adaptive traits as being cautious, skeptical, cunning, competitive, shrewd, strong, and savvy. The purpose of the current chapter is to describe the origins of its identification, alternative models, and the presence of adaptive as well as maladaptive attributes.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Antagonism
Subtitle of host publicationConceptualizations, Assessment, Consequences, and Treatment of the Low End of Agreeableness
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780128146286
StatePublished - Feb 19 2019

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  • Adaptive
  • Agreeableness
  • Antagonism
  • Five-Factor Model
  • Maladaptive
  • Personality structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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