The Big Five Traits as predictors of subjective and psychological well-being

by Sharon Grant, Janice Langan-Fox, Jeromy Anglim
Psychological Reports ()
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Abstract

Despite considerable research on personality and “hedonic” or subjective well-being, parallel research on “eudaimonic” or psychological well-be- ing is scarce. The current study investigated the relationship between the Big Five traits and subjective and psychological well-being among 211 men and women. Results indicated that the relationship between personality factors and psychologi- cal well-being was stronger than the relationship between personality factors and subjective well-being. Extraversion, neuroticism, and conscientiousness correlated similarly with both subjective and psychological well-being, suggesting that these traits represent personality predispositions for general well-being. However, the personality correlates of the dimensions within each broad well-being type varied, suggesting that the relationship between personality and well-being is best mod- eled in terms of associations between specific traits and well-being dimensions.

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