Current Psychology

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 169–176

Relationships between Self- and Peer-reported Integrative Self-knowledge and the Big Five Factors in Iran

  • Alireza M. Tahmasb
  • Nima Ghorbani
  • P. J. Watson
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12144-008-9030-1

Cite this article as:
Tahmasb, A.M., Ghorbani, N. & Watson, P.J. Curr Psychol (2008) 27: 169. doi:10.1007/s12144-008-9030-1

Abstract

An Integrative Self-Knowledge (ISK) Scale measures tendencies to engage in a cognitive process of uniting past, present, and desired future self-experience into a meaningful whole. In the present project, 288 Iranian university students responded to the ISK and Big Five scales and rated their dormitory roommates on these characteristics as well. These procedures most importantly revealed a positive correlation between self- and peer-reported ISK. Self-reported ISK also predicted higher levels of self-reported Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Emotional Stability, and Openness to Experience, and this pattern of relationships appeared with the peer-report data as well. In these results and also in correlations of the self- with peer-report scales, associations of ISK with greater Emotional Stability and Openness to Experience were especially noteworthy. This study confirmed the validity of the ISK scale and the adaptive behavioral significance of what it measures.

Keywords

Integrative self-knowledge Big five factors Self-report Peer-reported personality characteristics Iran 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alireza M. Tahmasb
    • 1
  • Nima Ghorbani
    • 1
  • P. J. Watson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TehranTehranIran
  2. 2.Psychology DepartmentUniversity of Tennessee at ChattanoogaChattanoogaUSA