Journal Article Scientists’ personality, values, and well-being

Sato, Wataru

52016-05-12 , SpringerOpen
Background: Scientists play an important role in modern society. However, only a small number of their psychological characteristics, such as personality traits, have been investigated; hence, further investigation is required. Results: In this study, scientists (n = 24) and non-scientist controls (n = 26) were assessed with respect to their five-factor personality traits, 10 basic values, and subjective well-being (subjective happiness and sense of purpose in life). Compared with the non-scientist control group and with normative data of laypeople, the scientists consistently exhibited greater openness (i.e., traits related to curiosity and intelligence), self-direction (i.e., values related to the pursuit of curiosity, creativity, and autonomous action), happiness, and sense of purpose in life. Conclusions: These data indicate that scientists possess personality traits and values suitable for a career in science, from which they also derive subjective well-being.

Number of accesses :  

Other information