Title

Extraverts categorize their daily experiences by specific social relationships

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-2014

Abstract

How an event is categorized may reflect the constructs that are cognitively accessible to a person. The present study examined whether extraverts categorized their daily experiences by general sociality (social versus nonsocial), specific relationships, valence, and academics/leisure. After reporting events during a one-month diary study, participants sorted their events into meaningful groupings. Extraverts tended to categorize their events by sociality and more specifically by the nature of their relationships with others. No other effects were found. Thus, what may be salient to extraverts is not just the time they spend socializing, but whom they are socializing with. This finding suggests the need to move beyond affiliation to study more specific social motives that extraverts may pursue.

Keywords

Extraversion, Daily experience, Categorization, Social relationships, Personality, Cognitive accessibility

Discipline

Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Journal of Research in Personality

Volume

52

First Page

13

Last Page

19

ISSN

0092-6566

Identifier

10.1016/j.jrp.2014.06.001

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2014.06.001

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