Social Indicators Research

, Volume 105, Issue 3, pp 447–460 | Cite as

Personality and Subjective Well-Being: What Hides Behind Global Analyses?

  • Isabel AlbuquerqueEmail author
  • Margarida Pedroso de Lima
  • Marcela Matos
  • Cláudia Figueiredo


The relation between personality and subjective well-being (SWB) remains involved in a considerable ambiguity and the numerous studies conducted have neglected an approach at a more detailed level of analysis. This study explores the idea that neuroticism, extraversion and conscientiousness facets predict differentially each SWB component. A battery of self-report questionnaires was used to assess personality and SWB in 398 teachers of primary and high schools. Findings of a cross-sectional study showed that neuroticism, extraversion and conscientiousness facets contributed to significantly explain the variance in positive affect, negative affect and life satisfaction. Moreover, these facets predicted differentially each of the three SWB components. At same time, this study corroborates two important premises: the specificity of facets as discrete traits and the independence of the three SWB components.


Personality Traits Subjective well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Albuquerque
    • 1
    Email author
  • Margarida Pedroso de Lima
    • 1
  • Marcela Matos
    • 2
  • Cláudia Figueiredo
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of Psychology and Educational SciencesUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Cognitive and Behavioral Research Centre (CINEICC)University of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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