Components and correlates of personality coherence in action, agency, and authorship

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Fournier, Marc A., Dong, Mengxi, Quitasol, Matthew N., Weststrate, Nic M. and Di Domenico, Stefano I.. (2022). Components and correlates of personality coherence in action, agency, and authorship. European Journal of Personality. 36(3), pp. 413-434. https://doi.org/10.1177/08902070211034954
AuthorsFournier, Marc A., Dong, Mengxi, Quitasol, Matthew N., Weststrate, Nic M. and Di Domenico, Stefano I.
Abstract

Personality coherence is an individual difference capturing the extent to which a person’s psychological characteristics are coordinated, unified, and integrated. The present research addressed the extent to which coherence indicators inter-correlate and predict relevant outcomes over and above the effects of the Big Five among midlife adults (N = 446). Coherence indicators loaded onto four components: actor coherence, which captured the extent to which people were consistent in their interpersonal values, traits, and behavior; agent coherence, which captured the extent to which people’s goals were coordinated and need-congruent; author coherence, which captured the extent to which people’s self-defining stories were well composed and theme laden; and controlled coherence, which captured the extent to which people experienced their goals as pressured or compelled and as leading them to need-detracting futures. Although actor coherence correlated with both agent and author coherence, agent and author coherence were not correlated. Nevertheless, the actor-, agent-, and author-coherence composites each predicted at least one of the outcome variables (i.e., well-being, autonomy, and ego development) over and above the Big Five. The present findings suggest that the coherence of personality constitutes an individual difference domain of consequence beyond the established content dimensions of personality.

Keywordspersonality coherence; traits; goals; life stories; ego development
Year2022
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Journal citation36 (3), pp. 413-434
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN0890-2070
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/08902070211034954
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85128419218
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
Page range413-434
FunderUniversity of Toronto Scarborough
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Online02 Aug 2021
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Accepted06 Jul 2021
Deposited01 Nov 2023
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