Journal article

Quality of Social Experience Explains the Relation Between Extraversion and Positive Affect

Luke D Smillie, Joshua Wilt, Rachel Kabbani, Claire Garratt, William Revelle

Emotion | AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC | Published : 2015

Abstract

The personality trait extraversion is associated with higher positive affect, and individuals who behave in an extraverted way experience increased positive affect. Across 2 studies, we examine whether the positive affectivity of extraverts can be explained in terms of qualitative aspects of social experience resulting from extraverted (i.e., bold, assertive) behavior. In our first study (N = 225, 58% female), we found that social well-being, a broad measure of quality of social life (Keyes, 1998) was a significant mediator of the relation between trait extraversion and trait positive affect. This effect was specific to 1 aspect of social well-being-social contribution, one's sense of making..

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