Current Psychology

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 95–103 | Cite as

Using Three Levels of Personality to Predict Time Perspective



While there is accumulating evidence that individual differences in time perspective are important predictors of a diverse set of psychosocial outcomes, there is little understanding concerning the possible origins of these individual differences. To begin to examine the possible predictors of individual differences in time perspectives, three levels of personality (life history strategy, the Big Five personality traits, and identity) were used to predict the five time perspectives identified by Zimbardo and Boyd (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 77, 1271–1288, 1999). The results are discussed in terms of the ability of the three levels of personality, in combination and individually, to predict the time perspectives.


Time perspective Life history Big Five Identity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentWestern Illinois UniversityMacombUSA

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