The Impact of Personality Traits, Values, and Abilities on the View of Uniqueness of Consciousness
2015 (English)In: Towards a Science of Consciousness: Book of Abstracts, Helsingfors, 2015, 315-no. 284 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Refereed)
Personality traits, including the well-known Big Five traits, the subclinical Dark Triad traits, as well as cognitive (IQ) and emotional abilities (EQ), are known to predict a number of attitudes, such as views of politics, importance of other people, or interest in self. This present study set out to research the impact of personality traits on the view of consciousness, the main question being whether consciousness sets mankind apart from the animal kingdom. A Swedish sample was tested on six different personality-related tests measuring traits, values, and abilities. The results showed that high scorers in emotional intelligence, openness and extraversion had a view of consciousness being unique for human beings only. Furthermore, people high on self-enhancing values and the tendency to manipulate others (Machiavellianism) also held a view of consciousness being unique for human beings, and which sets us apart from animals. Only self-transcending values, such as universalism, showed a negative association with the uniqueness of consciousness. The discussion extends to how the view on consciousness affects other outlooks on life, such as the view on one’s personal future or mankind’s environmental predicament. Motivational agendas stemming from personality traits, in terms of stable, genetical influences, might explain views on ontological questions to a greater degree than previously thought.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsingfors, 2015. 315-no. 284 p.
Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Research subject SOCIAL SCIENCE, Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8644OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-8644DiVA: diva2:869081
Towards a Science of Consciousness, University of Helsinki, Finland, 9-13 June 2015