Personal projects, life stories, and happiness: On being true to traits

Ian McGregor*, Dan P McAdams, Brian R. Little

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Abstract

In three studies (Ns between 125 and 176), happiness in life was the highest for undergraduates whose personal goals and life-story identities were supported by thematically consistent personality traits. In Study 1, happiness was highest among participants who were pursuing highly social goals that were supported by sociable traits. This relation between trait-goal consistency and happiness was partially mediated by perceptions of goal manageability. In Study 2, happiness was highest among participants who had highly social life-story identities that were supported by sociable traits. Study 3 replicated the main results of Studies 1 and 2 and also found a significant relation between the extent to which participants' goals and life-story identities were social in theme.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-572
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume40
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

Keywords

  • Goals
  • Happiness
  • Identity
  • Life stories
  • Personal projects
  • Traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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