The signs and significance of personality coherence in personal stories and strivings

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Fournier, Marc A., Dong, Mengxi, Quitasol, Matthew N., Weststrate, Nic M. and Di Domenico, Stefano I.. (2018) The signs and significance of personality coherence in personal stories and strivings. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 44(8), pp. 1228 - 1241. https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167218764659
AuthorsFournier, Marc A., Dong, Mengxi, Quitasol, Matthew N., Weststrate, Nic M. and Di Domenico, Stefano I.
Abstract

The concept of personality coherence refers to the extent of psychological unity and wholeness embodied within each individual. In the present research, we examined the extent to which the narrative, functional, and organismic conceptualizations of personality coherence interrelate, as well as their associations with psychological abilities and personal adjustment. College students (N = 391) narrated accounts of three personal memories; listed five personal strivings that they subsequently compared and evaluated; completed performance measures of their intelligence, wisdom, and creativity; and rated their hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. Individuals who coherently organized their autobiographical memories were protected against feeling pressured or compelled in their personal strivings and against being steered toward need-detracting futures. Narrative indicators of coherence were otherwise independent of the functional and organismic indicators, although all indicators of personality coherence correlated with personal adjustment. Wisdom and creativity predicted narrative coherence, which partially mediated the associations they demonstrated with eudaimonic well-being.

Keywordspersonality coherence; narrative coherence; functional coherence; organismic congruence; integrative processes
Year2018
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Journal citation44 (8), pp. 1228 - 1241
PublisherSage Publications Ltd.
ISSN0146-1672
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0146167218764659
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85049902897
Page range1228 - 1241
Research GroupInstitute for Positive Psychology and Education
Place of publicationUnited States of America
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