Influence of extraversion and neuroticism on subjective well-being: happy and unhappy people.

  title={Influence of extraversion and neuroticism on subjective well-being: happy and unhappy people.},
  author={Paul T. Costa and Robert R. McCrae},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={38 4},
  • P. CostaR. McCrae
  • Published 1980
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Three studies are reported that examine the relations between personality and happiness or subjective well-being. It is argued that (a) one set of traits influences positive affect or satisfaction, whereas a different set of traits influences negative affect or dissatisfaction; (b) the former set of traits can be reviewed as components of extraversion, and the latter as components of neuroticism; and (c) personality differences antedate and predict differences in happiness over a period of 10… 

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