Neuroticism and Attitudes Toward Action in 19 Countries

Molly Ireland, Justin Justin Hepler, Dolores Albarracin

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Objective Although individuals ranking high on neuroticism tend to avoid taking action when faced with challenges, neuroticism is also characterized by impulsivity. To explore cognitive bases related to this costly behavior pattern, we tested whether individuals who rated themselves as higher in neuroticism would evaluate the general concepts of action and inaction as respectively more negative and positive. We further investigated whether anxiety and depression would mediate and individualism-collectivism would moderate these relations in a large international sample. Method Participants (N = 3,827; 69% female) from 19 countries completed surveys measuring neuroticism, attitudes toward action and inaction, depression, anxiety, and individualism-collectivism. Hierarchical linear models tested the above predictions. Results Neuroticism negatively correlated with attitudes toward action and positively correlated with attitudes toward inaction. Furthermore, anxiety was primarily responsi
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Personality
StatePublished - Jun 2015


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