Personality and beliefs about the world revisited: Expanding the nomological network of social axioms

Xiaohua Sylvia Chen, Hung Kit Fok, Michael Harris Bond, David Matsumoto

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The present study attempted to evaluate the relationship between personality and beliefs about the world by employing both universally applicable and indigenously derived measures of personality along with the Social Axioms Survey. The bivariate correlations showed only a modest overlap between personality factors and social axioms, and yet canonical correlation analysis indicated a much stronger relationship overall. The moderate relations between specific personality and belief dimensions were also examined and discussed. Furthermore, social axioms were linked with horizontal and vertical individualism and collectivism after controlling for personality, suggesting the close links between beliefs about the world and measures focusing on the culturally derived characteristics of the interpersonal world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-211
Number of pages11
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Belief
  • Horizontal and vertical individualism and collectivism
  • Personality
  • Social axioms
  • The NEO Five-Factor Inventory
  • The Sino-American Person Perception Scale

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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