Personality predictors of levels of forgiveness two and a half years after the transgression

John Maltby, Alex M. Wood, Liza Day, Tabatha W.H. Kon, Ann Colley, P. Alex Linley

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to explore whether the domains and facets of the five-factor model of personality predicted motivational states for avoidance and revenge following a transgression at a second temporal point distant from the original transgression. A sample of 438 university students, who reported experiencing a serious transgression against them, completed measures of avoidance and revenge motivations around the transgression and five-factor personality domains and facets at time 1, and measures of avoidance and revenge motivations two and a half years later. The findings suggest that neuroticism, and specifically anger hostility, predicts revenge and avoidance motivations two and a half years later. Findings are discussed within McCullough's three systems of interpersonal forgiveness.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1088-1094
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume42
Issue number4
Early online date10 Jan 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Angry hostility
  • Avoidance
  • Forgiveness
  • Neuroticism
  • Personality
  • Revenge

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