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  • n. A trait aspect of emotional reactivity in which a person tends towards high levels of positive affect.


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  • Dogs and all other animals (except people according to the Big 5 personality theorists) have "surgency" (dominance) added as a measurable personality factor.

    Animal Personality

  • She and her colleagues studied a group of 205 children between the ages of eight and twelve, assessing not only their conscientiousness and motivational orientation but also what she thought were the four components of surgency: dominance, expressiveness, attentiveness, and self-reliance.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • Children who had high levels of surgency became adults who were persuasive, forceful, socially potent, and likely to derive pleasure from hard work.

    Red Flags or Red Herrings?

  • People with autism have only somewhat reduced average intelligence, but they typically have severely reduced extraversion and agreeableness...the capacities for perceiving and understanding emotions correlate strongly with general intelligence, and emotional self-management correlates strongly with conscientiousness and stability...short-term creative intelligence is basically general intelligence plus openness, while long-term creative achievement is also predicted by conscientiousness (hard work and ambition) and extraversion (active surgency and social networking).

    Geoffrey Miller on Personality, Arnold Kling | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • It will be important to hold him to his commitments but you know successful governance and effective governance is not a precondition to a successful counter-surgency.

    CNN Transcript Nov 18, 2009

  • Throughout the 1980s, such covert South African units as Army Special Forces, the police counter in surgency force known as Koevoet (Crowbar), and the Portuguese-speaking "Buffalo" Battalion ran a campaign of assassination and sabotage against the African National Congress and other Soviet-backed groups based in Black Africa.

    Secret War In South Africa

  • The five factors were: N, neuroticism versus emotional stability; E, extroversion or surgency versus introversion; O, openness to experience called by others intellect, imagination, or culture; A, agreeableness versus antagonism; and C, conscientiousness or the will to achieve.

    The Bass Handbook of Leadership

  • I guess the public supports the new non-escalatorious augmentorious surgency, then.

    Think Progress » Matthews Battles Snow Over Iran Attack, Says He Fears ‘Extra-Constitutional War’

  • To be sure, of late, with the rise of the Delta Brigade, and the undercurrent of unrest in Ar, there seethed in the city, doubtless to the dismay of Cos, a surgency of male energies.

    Magicians of Gor

  • There was a sudden pressing forth toward the platform, a tiny, incipient surgency.

    Magicians of Gor


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