Title

Openness to Experience and regulatory focus: Evidence of motivation from fit

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-1-2008

Abstract

Regulatory fit occurs when one's strategies of goal pursuit sustain one's interests in an activity, which can enhance motivation [e.g., Higgins, E. T. (2005). Value from regulatory fit. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 14, 209-213]. Because the strategic inclinations of people high (low) in Openness are similar to those of people in a promotion (prevention) focus, regulatory fit should be possible. We found that people higher in Openness were more motivated to pursue promotion-related goals (hopes/aspirations in Study 1 and a gain-framed goal in Study 2) and less motivated to pursue prevention-related goals (duties/obligations in Study 1 and a loss-framed goal in Study 2). We discuss how other traits might relate to motivation to pursue promotion- and prevention-related goals as well as other future research directions for regulatory focus and Openness. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Publication Name

Journal of Research in Personality

Volume Number

42

First Page

886

Last Page

894

Issue Number

4

DOI

10.1016/j.jrp.2007.11.008

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