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Who wants to become more conscientious, more extraverted, or less neurotic with the help of a digital intervention?


Stieger, Mirjam Nadine; Eck, Moritz; Rüegger, Dominik; Kowatsch, Tobias; Flückiger, Christoph; Allemand, Mathias (2020). Who wants to become more conscientious, more extraverted, or less neurotic with the help of a digital intervention? Journal of Research in Personality, 87:103983.

Abstract

Desires to increase in extraversion and conscientiousness as well as to decrease in neuroticism are the three most prevalent personality change goals. This study describes characteristics of people who wanted to change one of these personality traits (total N = 1196) with the help of a digital personality change intervention. The extent to which characteristics predicted the selection of one change goal over the other two was explored using machine learning. Individuals desired to change traits with lower (in case of desires to increase) or higher (in case of desires to decrease) self- and observer-reports and with greater self-other discrepancies. This identification of characteristics of people who desired to change certain personality traits informs future interventions.

Abstract

Desires to increase in extraversion and conscientiousness as well as to decrease in neuroticism are the three most prevalent personality change goals. This study describes characteristics of people who wanted to change one of these personality traits (total N = 1196) with the help of a digital personality change intervention. The extent to which characteristics predicted the selection of one change goal over the other two was explored using machine learning. Individuals desired to change traits with lower (in case of desires to increase) or higher (in case of desires to decrease) self- and observer-reports and with greater self-other discrepancies. This identification of characteristics of people who desired to change certain personality traits informs future interventions.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
08 Research Priority Programs > Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Social Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > General Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords:General Psychology, Social Psychology
Language:English
Date:1 August 2020
Deposited On:10 Nov 2020 17:58
Last Modified:28 Jan 2021 09:33
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0092-6566
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103983
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID200020_146712
  • : Project TitleExtension of dataflow programming for high level synthesis of concurrent hardware and software components of heterogenous systems

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