Personality and construing one's own future
The authors report the study on what strategies the young people use in construing own future and to what extent the strategy preference in related to personality dimensions such as achievement motivation, optimism, locus of control, values and Big Five. Six strategies were identified: authority, realistic, wishful, carpe diem, pressure and awaiting. The group of 239 high school and university students filled the Questionnaire on Strategies of Construing own Future and standard personality methods. The more often are used authority, realistic and wishful while less frequently the carpe diem, pressure and awaiting strategy. Some Students tend to apply one strategy (monostrategic) others more than one (polistrategic). The statistical analyses based on the extreme group comparison as well as correlational/regression analyses revealed that the less preferred strategies are more linked to personality- the links being moderately strong. The reverse is for more preferred strategies, which may suggest that construing one's own future is relatively independent or separate personality characteristics (a possible Big Sixs). The strength and relationship value varies (positive or negative) depending on the strategy nature. The research outcomes are discussed within the frame of future time perspective.
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