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An Existential-Humanistic View of Personality Change: Co-Occurring Changes with Psychological Well-Being in a 10 Year Cohort Study

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Hounkpatin HO, Wood AM, Boyce CJ & Dunn G (2015) An Existential-Humanistic View of Personality Change: Co-Occurring Changes with Psychological Well-Being in a 10 Year Cohort Study. Social Indicators Research, 121 (2), pp. 455-470. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-014-0648-0

Abstract
Increasingly, psychological research has indicated that an individual’s personality changes across the lifespan. We aim to better understand personality change by examining if personality change is linked to striving towards fulfilment, as suggested by existential–humanistic theories of personality dynamics. Using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a cohort of 4,733 mid-life individuals across 10years, we show that personality change was significantly associated with change in existential well-being, represented by psychological well-being (PWB). Moreover, personality change was more strongly related to change in PWB than changes in other well-being indicators such as depression, hostility and life satisfaction. Personality changed to a similar degree and explained greater variation in our well-being measures than changes in socioeconomic variables. The findings indicate personality change is necessary for the holistic development of an individual, supporting a greater need to understand personality change and increasing room for use of personality measures as indicators of well-being and policy making.

Keywords
Personality change; Psychological well-being scale; Well-being; Big Five; Existential; Humanistic

Journal
Social Indicators Research: Volume 121, Issue 2

StatusPublished
Publication date30/04/2015
Publication date online16/05/2014
Date accepted by journal02/05/2014
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/22929
PublisherSpringer
ISSN0303-8300
eISSN1573-0921

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Dr Christopher Boyce
Dr Christopher Boyce

Honorary Research Fellow, SMS Management and Support