Person-environment fit and its limits: Agreeableness, neuroticism, and emotional reactivity to interpersonal conflict
NLM Title Abbreviation
Person Soc Psychol Bull
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
DOI of Published Version
A naturalistic diary study was conducted to investigate the degree to which agreeableness and neuroticism moderate emotional reactions to conflict and nonconflict problems. Healthy community-residing males made diary recordings at the end of each of 8 successive days concerning problem occurrence and daily mood. Consistent with predictions based on person-environment fit, participants who scored higher in agreeableness experienced more subjective distress when they encountered more interpersonal conflicts than did their less agreeable counterparts. Neuroticism was related to a small but consistent reactivity to both conflict and nonconflict problems, contrary to person-environment fit. Reasons for the differences in the affective dynamics of agreeableness and neuroticism are discussed.
Published Article/Book Citation
Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 24:1 (1998) pp.88-98. DOI:doi: 10.1177/0146167298241007.