The Prejudiced Personality? Using the Big Five to Predict Susceptibility to Stereotyping Behavior
26 Pages Posted: 11 Sep 2014
Date Written: 2014
While long privileged by scholarship in psychology, personality has only recently been considered as an influential factor for political orientations and actions. In this paper, I consider personality’s influence on another important tendency: the proclivity to engage in stereotyping and prejudicial thinking. Using a personality battery included for the first time on the 2012 ANES, I examine the tendencies of particular personality types to stereotype. Results suggest that Openness to Experience is the most consistent predictor, with those higher in Openness to Experience are less likely to endorse authoritarian views or specific group stereotypes. Effects also emerge for Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, although their influence varies depending on the measure of prejudicial thinking.
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