More isn't always better: The relationship between conscientiousness and affect

Jennifer Pickett, Jonas Debusscher, Joeri Hofmans

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Research shows that conscientiousness relates positively to positive affect and negatively to negative affect, at the between- and within-person level. However, these studies have focused upon either between- or within-person differences, without integrating the two dynamic approaches of personality. Building upon the Behavioral Concordance Model (trait-concordant behavior leads to pleasant effect) we hypothesize that increased conscientiousness leads to increased positive affect and decreased negative affect within the individual, but only for people who are high in trait conscientiousness. We tested this hypothesis by using daily diary data from 82 participants who reported daily levels of conscientiousness, positive affect and negative affect for 10 consecutive working days (N = 734). Multilevel polynomial regression analysis revealed that, for people high on trait conscientiousness, within-person fluctuations in conscientiousness were positively related to positive affect, and negatively to negative affect. For people low in trait conscientiousness, however, conscientiousness related in a positive way to both positive affect and negative affect, thereby challenging the idea that more conscientiousness is always better.

Originele taal-2English
StatusIn preparation - 20 jul 2016
Evenement18th European Conference on Personality 2016 - West University of Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania
Duur: 19 jul 201623 jul 2016
Congresnummer: 18th


Conference18th European Conference on Personality 2016
Verkorte titelECP18
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