Motivation and Emotion

, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 133–143 | Cite as

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

  • Adam A Augustine
  • Scott H. Hemenover
  • Randy J. Larsen
  • Tirza E. Shulman
Original Paper

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.

Keywords

Desired affect Ideal affect Big 5 Motivation Goals 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adam A Augustine
    • 1
  • Scott H. Hemenover
    • 2
  • Randy J. Larsen
    • 3
  • Tirza E. Shulman
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyWashington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  2. 2.Western Illinois UniversityMacombUSA
  3. 3.Washington University in St. LouisSt. LouisUSA
  4. 4.University of WisconsinFond du LacUSA

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