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The adaptive power of the present : Perceptions of past, present, and future life satisfaction across the life span

Gomez, Veronica and Grob, Alexander and Orth, Ulrich. (2013) The adaptive power of the present : Perceptions of past, present, and future life satisfaction across the life span. Journal of research in personality, Vol. 47, H. 5. pp. 626-633.

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Abstract

Despite remarkable stability of life satisfaction across the life span, it may be adaptive to perceive change in life satisfaction. We shed new light on this topic with data from 766 individuals from three age groups and past, present, and future life satisfaction perceptions across the life span. On average, participants were most satisfied with their current life. When looking back, satisfaction increased from past to present, and when looking ahead, satisfaction decreased into the future. Trajectories were best fitted with a curvilinear growth model. Neuroticism and extraversion predicted the level of trajectories, but none of the Big Five predicted the slope. We conclude that humans have an adaptive capacity to perceive the present life as being the best possible.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Grob)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Entwicklungs- und Persönlichkeitspsychologie (Orth)
UniBasel Contributors:Gomez, Véronica and Grob, Alexander and Orth, Ulrich
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Bibsysno:Link to catalogue
Publisher:Academic Press
ISSN:0092-6566
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Last Modified:25 Oct 2013 08:33
Deposited On:25 Oct 2013 08:33

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