Graphing Jane Austen: The Evolutionary Basis of Literary by Joseph Carroll, Jonathan Gottschall, John A. Johnson, Daniel

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Conscientiousness refers to an inclination toward purposeful planning, organization, persistence, and reliability, versus impulsivity, aimlessness, laziness, and undependability. Emotional Stability reflects a temperament that is calm and relatively free from negative feelings, versus a temperament marked by extreme emotional reactivity and persistent anxiety, anger, or depression. 11 We predicted that (1) protagonists and their friends would on average score higher on the personality factor Agreeableness, a measure of warmth and affiliation; and (2) that protagonists would score higher than antagonists on Openness to Experience, a measure of intellectual vivacity.

Main Feature). ” (= Achieves Goals). 1 displays the average scores on character success for four character sets—male and female protagonists and male and female antagonists: The horizontal line at the zero point is the average score for all characters. All bars extending below that line signify scores below the average. All bars extending above the line signify scores above the average. Thus, the average male and female protagonists score above the average of all characters on all three categories: Root For, Main Feature, and Achieves Goals.

Male antagonists could be conceived as personified reductions to male dominance striving. The relative indifference male antagonists feel toward any differentiating features in mates might then look like an exaggeration of the male tendency toward interpersonal insensitivity. Conceived in this way, male antagonists would appear to be ultramale, and female antagonists, in contrast, would seem to cross a gender divide. Their reduction to dominance striving would be symptomatic of a certain masculinization of motive and temperament.

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