Generalizability of self-other agreement from one personality trait to another

Jueri Allik, Anu Realo, Rene Mõttus, Peter Kuppens

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If you are an accurate judge of your friends' openness, are you also good at rating their conscientiousness? in this paper we examined how well self-other agreement on one personality trait accords with self other agreement on other personality traits. Data from four Estonian and Belgian samples containing 818 targets and 1281 knowledgeable raters were analyzed. Results demonstrated that self-other agreement only moderately generalizes from one personality trait to another suggesting that the predictability of an individual can vary for different personality traits. When trait agreement was decomposed into the contributions of individual pairs of raters, these were only moderately correlated with different coefficients of profile agreement, suggesting that these two forms of agreement are far from being identical. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-132
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010


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