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Personality and Flourishing: Differences in descriptions of a situation perceived as flourishing in relation to personality traits

Jung, J.A. (2019) Personality and Flourishing: Differences in descriptions of a situation perceived as flourishing in relation to personality traits.

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Abstract:Qualitative analyses focussed on factors constituting a flourishing experience and how these factors are influenced by certain personality traits. The personality traits investigated in this study are extraversion, conscientiousness and neuroticism. To best capture the subjective flourishing experience, a qualitative approach in form of narratives was chosen. Based on test results on the HEXACO-60 a final convenience sample (n=27) was selected. This sample consist of the five lowest and five highest scoring participants for each of the three traits. All participants were asked to describe situations in which they perceive themselves to be flourishing. Answers could be categorized in the four domains positive social relationships, personal growth, satisfaction and comfort, as well as profound interest. Of these, positive social relationships proved to be of greatest importance for flourishing throughout the whole sample regardless of personality or demographics. Results suggested that for high extraverts, goal achievement, as part of the personal growth category, is significantly more important for flourishing than for participants low in extraversion. For low and high end conscientious as well as neurotic participants no significant differences in important factors to their flourishing were found.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78521
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