Struggling to be liked

The prospective effect of trait self-control on social desirability and the moderating role of agreeableness

O. Stavrova, M.D. Kokkoris

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Abstract

Drawing from the literature on the interpersonal functions of self-control, we examined longitudinal associations between trait self-control and social desirability, using a survey of the general population in the Netherlands. Trait self-control at baseline was positively associated with social desirability at a follow-up, even when controlling for prior levels of social desirability. That is, high self-control contributed to individuals' tendency to give socially desirable responses in self-reports. This effect was moderated by individual differences in agreeableness. Highly agreeable individuals were more likely to “use” their self-regulatory resources to respond in a socially desirable manner, compared to less agreeable individuals, suggesting that individuals might use self-regulatory resources in a way consistent with the motivational bases of their personality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-236
JournalInternational Journal of Psychology
Volume54
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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Keywords

  • Affiliation
  • Agreeableness
  • DEPLETION
  • IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT
  • Longitudinal design
  • SCALES
  • SUBSTANCE
  • Self-control
  • Social desirability
  • Social norms

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Struggling to be liked : The prospective effect of trait self-control on social desirability and the moderating role of agreeableness. / Stavrova, O.; Kokkoris, M.D.

In: International Journal of Psychology, Vol. 54, No. 2, 2019, p. 232-236.

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