I've seen some similar questions to this, but nothing spot on so I thought I'd ask.
I'm running an EFA with 54 items (and going with the 3 factor solution as it has the least cross-loadings and simplest structure) and it is largely turning out as I would hope with a few exceptions. Most notably, I have a good bit of cross-loading items. However, often they cross-load with the opposite sign!
So for example, item A should theoretically load on Factor1, which is "positive things" and it does @ .52. It also loads on the "negative things" Factor2, however, @ -.35.
Technically, this is a GREATER than .2 difference and I can ignore it, however, I remember someone once telling me that the signs matter less than the magnitude. So, if I look at just the absolute values, it is less than a .2 difference and I should discard the item. Which is correct?
I am using promax rotation (oblique) with an N of about 400.