ISSN : 2733-4538
To describe personality pathologies, lower level traits in the hierarchy of personality pathologies are needed. There have been however, few studies to examine them. The purpose of this study was to identify lower level traits necessary to describe personality pathologies. 157 items of the Personality Disorder Rating scale(Hwang,1995) were sorted in terms of "content similarity" or "content co-occurrence" by 138 layman participants. The data were transformed to co-occurrence probability matrix. 30 components were of personality pathologies identified by means of principal component analysis of the matrix, and compared with those of previous studies. The methodology, implications, and applications of the study were discussed.