Social Indicators Research

, Volume 115, Issue 3, pp 885–906 | Cite as

Work Matters: Work Personal Projects and the Idiosyncratic Linkages Between Traits, Eudaimonic and Hedonic Well-being

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


A holistic understanding of relationships between personality and well-being requires knowing the linkages between several levels of personality analysis and different wellbeing varieties, namely hedonic and eudaimonic measures. We explore the moderator effect of work personal projects, a personality variable linked to personal action, on the relations between proactive conscientiousness facets, personality traits, and subjective and psychological well-being. In two cross-sectional studies, a battery of self-report questionnaires was used to assess personality traits, personal projects, subjective and psychological well-being in 398 teachers of primary and high schools. Findings show that work personal projects moderate the relations between competence and deliberation, but not achievement striving, and the three psychological well-being dimensions. However, work personal projects do not have a moderator influence on the relationship between these traits and subjective well-being components. Therefore, work personal projects seem to provide specific and distinct linkages on the relationships between personality trait and these two kinds of well-being. Additionally, findings support the importance of work in adult lives, considered by diverse authors.


Teachers’ work personal projects Personality, subjective well-being Psychological well-being 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabel Albuquerque
    • 1
    Email author
  • Margarida Pedroso de Lima
    • 2
  • Marcela Matos
    • 2
  • Cláudia Figueiredo
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculdade de Psicologia e de Ciências da EducaçãoUniversidade de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Cognitive and Behavioral Research CentreUniversity of CoimbraCoimbraPortugal

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