The Japanese Journal of Personality
Online ISSN : 1349-6174
Print ISSN : 1348-8406
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Exploratory Reports
The Impact of Seriousness and Meaningfulness of Ego-experience on Personality and Loneliness
Yuko Amaya
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2009 Volume 18 Issue 1 Pages 46-56


This study examined the relationship of ego-experience and personality. Ego experience is defined as asking questions about “I,” such as “Why am I the person I am?” In Study 1, with 163 undergraduates, Big Five measurements suggested that strength of the relationship varied depending on the degree of seriousness of the experience. Those who had serious ego-experience had significantly higher neurotic and lower conscientiousness scores than those who did not. Study 2 explored what extent past ego-experience of young adults predicted increase in current existential loneliness or psychological well-being, with 346 undergraduates. Results showed that those who had subjectively meaningful ego-experience had significantly higher existential loneliness scores than those who did not.

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