Openness to Experience and regulatory focus: Evidence of motivation from fit
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.
Journal of Research in Personality
Vaughn, Leigh Ann; Baumann, Jolie; and Klemann, Christine, "Openness to Experience and regulatory focus: Evidence of motivation from fit" (2008). Faculty Articles Indexed in Scopus. 1660.