Comedians’ trait level and stage personalities: Evidence for goal-directed personality adaptation

Irwing, Paul, Cook, Clare, Pollet, Thomas and Hughes, David (2019) Comedians’ trait level and stage personalities: Evidence for goal-directed personality adaptation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. ISSN 0146-1672 (In Press)

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Abstract

Recent findings have shown that both mean levels of personality and situational variability in its expression are of importance. So here, the Big Five personality traits of 77 professional and 125 amateur stand-up comedians were compared to two large matched samples (N>100,000). The comedians were also observed whilst performing, which enabled a comparison of their stage personalities with situational requirements on 10 selected NEO-PIR facets. Both amateurs and professionals showed higher openness-to-experience, extraversion, and lower conscientiousness than their norm samples, while professionals also evidenced greater neuroticism. Irrespective of trait standing, with regard to most NEO-PIR facets, professionals expressed the appropriate on-stage persona and were better able to regulate their personality to conform to situational requirements than amateurs. This is consistent with research showing that individuals regulate their personality to conform to situational and goal requirements and adds the finding that successful comedians demonstrate enhanced adaptability compared to amateurs.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Organizational Behavior, Personality, Whole Trait Theory, Comedians, Invariance
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2019 09:27
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/39845

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