Exploring personality traits and dimensions of success

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2022-03
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Goodwin, Alana M.
Russell, Maia H.
Johnson, Marlee E.
Houston, John M.
Richard, David C. S.
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North American Journal of Psychology
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We investigated prominent personality traits associated with successful task performance and outcomes. Specifically, trait clusters associated with goal-orientedness and achievement were examined. The purpose of this study was to understand how maladaptive and adaptive success-oriented personality traits empirically link to the pursuit of success using principal component analysis in young adults. A total of 241 participants from introductory psychology classes at a liberal arts college in central Florida completed a battery of questionnaires measuring different personality traits. The Principal Component Analysis (PCA) found that four components accounted for 61.98% of the variance. The four components were labeled: Active Self Achievement, Hierarchical Achievement, Fixed Achievement, and Quixotic Achievement. Future research should focus on how the traits generalize to other age groups and predict long-term occupational, educational, and athletic achievement success. (PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2022 APA, all rights reserved)
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Goodwin, A. M., Russell, M. H., Johnson, M. E., Houston, J. M., & Richard, D. C. S. (2022). Exploring personality traits and dimensions of success. North American Journal of Psychology, 24(1), 83–100.
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