Extraverts Categorize their Daily Experiences by Specific Social Relationships
Journal of Research in Personality, 54, 13-19.
27 Pages Posted: 8 Jul 2014 Last revised: 14 Jan 2016
Date Written: October 1, 2014
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
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