, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 133-143
Date: 29 Apr 2010

Composition and consistency of the desired affective state: The role of personality and motivation

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Abstract

Using longitudinal and experience sampling designs, the consistency and composition, and personality and motivational predictors, of the desired affective state are explored. Findings indicate that, while the desired affect is relatively malleable throughout one semester, it is relatively stable throughout 1 week. Personality and motivations/goals were related to the content of the desired affective state. Extraversion, neuroticism, agreeableness, and conscientiousness were related to the content of the desired affective state. In addition, higher-order goals predicted the content of the desired affective state. Our results suggest that the content of the desired affective state may be largely dependent on personality, motivation, and, potentially, an interaction between personality and motivation.

Portions of this paper were presented at the 8th annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (January 2007) and 20th annual convention of the Association for Psychological Science (May 2008).