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Who wants to become more conscientious, more extraverted, or less neurotic with the help of a digital intervention?

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author Stieger Mirjam, Eck Moritz, Rüegger Dominik, Kowatsch Tobias, Flückiger Christoph, Allemand Mathias,
Project Changing Personality Traits: Testing the Efficacy of a Mobile Technology-Based Intervention
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Journal of Research in Personality
Volume (Issue) 87
Page(s) 103983 - 103983
Title of proceedings Journal of Research in Personality
DOI 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103983


Desires to increase in extraversion and conscientiousness as well as to decrease in neuroticism are the three most prevalent personality change goals. This study describes characteristics of people who wanted to change one of these personality traits (total N = 1196) with the help of a digital personality change intervention. The extent to which characteristics predicted the selection of one change goal over the other two was explored using machine learning. Individuals desired to change traits with lower (in case of desires to increase) or higher (in case of desires to decrease) self- and observer-reports and with greater self-other discrepancies. This identification of characteristics of people who desired to change certain personality traits informs future interventions.