Current Psychology

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 109–120 | Cite as

Personality, Meta-Mood Experience, Life Satisfaction, and Anxiety in Australian versus Singaporean Students

  • Shyh Shin WongEmail author
  • Tian P. S. Oei
  • Rebecca P. Ang
  • Boon Ooi Lee
  • Aik Kwang Ng
  • Veronica Leng


This study explores two issues concerning the relationships between personality, meta-mood experience, life satisfaction, and anxiety. First, it explored the incremental value of Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness to Experience in predicting the three components of meta-mood experience (that is, attention to feelings, emotional clarity, clarity of feelings and mood repair), after controlling for demographic variables across Australia and Singapore. Second, it explored the incremental value of the three meta-mood experience components in predicting life satisfaction and anxiety, after controlling for demographic variables and personality variables across the two countries. One hundred and eighty nine tertiary students from Australia and 243 tertiary students from Singapore participated in this study. First, hierarchical regression analyses for both samples suggested that Agreeableness and Neuroticism are the two most important personality predictors of meta-mood experience, emotional attention, and emotional repair. Second, hierarchical regression analyses for both samples suggested that emotional repair was a significant predictor for life satisfaction and anxiety, even after controlling for demographic variables and personality variables. These results have implications for therapeutic interventions with life satisfaction versus anxiety.


Personality Meta-mood experience Life satisfaction Anxiety 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shyh Shin Wong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Tian P. S. Oei
    • 2
  • Rebecca P. Ang
    • 1
  • Boon Ooi Lee
    • 1
  • Aik Kwang Ng
    • 3
  • Veronica Leng
    • 4
  1. 1.Psychological Studies Academic Group, National Institute of EducationNanyang Technological UniversitySingaporeRepublic of Singapore
  2. 2.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Singapore Management UniversitySingaporeSingapore
  4. 4.Ngee Ann PolytechnicClementiSingapore

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