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Tender-mindedness is a personality trait, defined as the extent to which an individual's judgments and attitudes are determined by emotion.

Coined by William James, this term was also prominent in early versions of the 16PF.[1] Tender-mindedness is primarily defined by sympathy[2] and corresponds to the International Personality Item Pool's "sympathy" scale.[3] In contrast, "tough minded" is a trait associated with Psychoticism on the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire.[4]

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  1. Costa, P. T., & McCrae, R. R. (1991). Facet scales for agreeableness and conscientiousness: A revision of the NEO personality inventory.. Personality and Individual Differences 12 (9): 888.
  2. Costa, P. T., & McCrae, R. R. NEO-PI-R • NEO Personality Inventory - Revised. Hogrefe Testsystem 4. URL accessed on March 19, 2012.
  3. A Comparison between the 30 Facet Scales in Costa and McCrae's NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) and the Corresponding Preliminary IPIP Scales Measuring Similar Constructs. Oregon Research Institute. URL accessed on March 19, 2012.
  4. Eysenck, H. J., & Eysenck, S. B. G. (1975). Manual of the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire, San Diego: Educational and Industrial Testing Service..

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