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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Despite considerable research on personality and “hedonic” or subjective well-being, parallel research on “eudaimonic” or psychological well-being 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 and psychological well-being was stronger than the relationship between personality 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 a general level of well-being. However, the personality correlates of dimensions within each broad well-being type varied, suggesting that the relationship between personality and well-being is best modeled in terms of specific trait-well-being dimension associations.

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