Personality Predictors of Successful Development

  • Marek Blatný
  • Katarína Millová
  • Martin Jelínek
  • Terezie Osecká


Personality research from the last nearly 100 years has yielded ample evidence that personality dispositions significantly co-determine human life. Based on personality traits, we are able, to a certain extent, to predict how people will experience and behave in certain life domains. One of the most studied areas is life satisfaction and well-being, where it has been established that personality traits contribute significantly to how people evaluate their lives (Costa & McCrae, 1980; Lyubomirsky, Sheldon, & Schkade, 2005; McCrae & Costa, 1991; Pavot & Diener, 2011). But personality traits play an important role in other areas of human life as well — they influence academic achievement (Blickle, 1996), occupational choice (Gottfredson, Jones, & Holland, 1993), stress resistance and selection of coping strategies (Connor-Smith & Flachsbart, 2007), likelihood of burnout (Swider & Zimmerman, 2010), partner choice (Botwin, Buss, & Shackelford, 1997) and even fertility and number of children (Jokela, Hintsa, Hintsanen, & Keltikangas-Järvinen, 2010). We can therefore say that personality traits largely determine the future course of life. One of the most suitable frameworks for the study of how traits influence human life is life span psychology and its topic of successful development.


Life Satisfaction Personality Trait Successful Development Temperament Trait Changeable Career 
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