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Natural descriptors. A study on social desirability and social utility

Abstract : Personality is the subject of multiple investigations. In recruitment in particular, it is one of the main elements on which job candidates are evaluated. But the evaluation, the attribution of value, consists in judging the utility and social desirability of the subject matter. This article aims to take the 88 personological descriptors obtained by Mazilescu and Gangloff (1) from the self and hetero-spontaneous descriptions and examine the utility and desirability by applying the procedure described by Le Barbenchon, Cambon and Lavigne (2). The results show that all descriptors are loaded with social utility and desirability, either positive or negative. Differences were also observed between utility and desirability, neutral judgments being more frequent for utility than for desirability, which means a greater polarization for desirability than for utility, thus confirming the independence of the two dimensions.
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Crisanta-Alina Mazilescu, Bernard Gangloff. Natural descriptors. A study on social desirability and social utility . International Journal of Academic Research, Andhra University, 2012, 4 (2). ⟨hal-01692944⟩

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