MOTIV Personality Trait Descriptions

MaterialisticOffbeatThinkingInterpersonal | Vital | Easygoing | Sectarian
Ascetic | Conventional | Haphazard | Withholding | Depressive | Rigid | Globalistic


Motivation: To follow, be true to convention/tradition
Purpose: Knowledge selection
Conflict: status quo/old ways vs. new ways
Historic antecedent: Jungian Sensing vs. Intuition
Historic example: Robert E. Lee
Film example: Pleasantville
Counter example: Albert Einstein
Characteristics: values maintaining over innovating, values the status quo over revolution, finds conformity rewarding, traditional, more simple than complex, more likely to be religious, more obedient than rebellious, more likely to conform to the opinions of those in their trusted community, sticks to the rules, values the rules, plays it safe, would rather be supported than challenged, more likely to worry about what others in their trusted community think of them, judges their own and other people's behaviors according to the norms of their trusted culture, more tangible than conceptual, avoids dangerous situations, not a risk taker, not a big fan of the arts / artistic culture, not interested in abstract or theoretical ideas, prefers the known to the unknown, likes things to stay as they are / resistant to change

The following items all had statistically significant factor loadings (similar to correlations) on the Conventional drive:

Healthy items | Conventional factor score / Vital factor score
(have not been able to find any thus far)

Average Health items | Conventional factor score
I don't prioritize exploring the unknown. 642
I don't prioritize testing limits. 554
I don't prioritize doing dangerous things. 500
I prefer the familiar. 488
I don't prioritize being experimental. 449
I don't prioritize putting myself at risk. 416
I am not my risk taking. 363
I don't prioritize being different. 327
I trust my primary experience more than my secondary subjective impressions, interpretations of that experience. 250
I am not my experimentation. 245
I would be fine if the external world always stayed as it is now. 227
I could be happy if the world never changed. 212
I pay more attention to information that comes through my five senses than the patterns and possibilities that I may perceive in that information. 200
I am not my experiments. 175

Unhealthy items | Conventional factor score / Depressive factor score
I don't like taking risks. 597/308
I don't prioritize adventure. 581/204
I don't prioritize trying new things. 554/304
I don't prioritize taking adventures. 515/258
I don't prioritize taking risks. 509/206
I don't prioritize adventure seeking. 497/216
I don't like intensity. 495/196
I don't prioritize exploring. 469/236
I don't prioritize exploring my limits. 462/212
I don't care much about trying new things. 373/373
I don't like being in unfamiliar environments. 373/427
I should be more open to trying new things. 280/401
I hate that I am not more risk taking. 265/392
I am afraid. 158/741

*for a low score assume the opposite of the above. the descriptions listed here are made up of personality items. people who scored high on this type scored higher on the above items compared to the average. (more info)
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Full list of coded MOTIVES personality items here

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