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.