U of C Professor Releases Book on Why People Can Be Materialistic and Manipulative

You’ve been trying to make sense of them for a long, long time. They’re the manipulative and the materialistic, the people who will do whatever it takes to get what they feel they deserve…regardless of the damage it may cause to others. Now there’s a name for it – and…

You’ve been trying to make sense of them for a long, long time. They’re the manipulative and the materialistic, the people who will do whatever it takes to get what they feel they deserve…regardless of the damage it may cause to others. Now there’s a name for it – and a local professor has coined the term.

“The H Factor of Personality” is the brainchild of University of Calgary professor Kibeom Lee and his colleague from Brock University, Michael C. Ashton. Their new book, written for a general audience, outlines a significant discovery in their extensive research in the field of personality psychology.

“H” stands for Honesty/Humility, and it can say a lot about a person. The H factor includes personality traits such as honesty and sincerity, modest and fairness of mind as opposed to one who is sly and deceitful, boastful and self-important. It affects how people approach money, power and their relationships and their attitudes about society, politics and religion. The H factor has even been linked to a person’s inclination to break or obey the law.

Apparently it isn’t easy to spot a person with low H, but the book provides clues for identifying levels in other people and in oneself. Low H’ers, fret not: the book also gives suggestions on how to raise levels in your own personality. And, for those with solid H, it provides practical tips on how to co-exist with the difficult people we’re bound to come across.

You can find more information about the H Factor and the HEXACO model that it stems from at hexaco.org. The book is available on amazon.com.

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