Effects of self-enhancement on agreement on personality profiles
Article first published online: 20 FEB 2009
Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 23, Issue 2, pages 107–123, March 2009
How to Cite
Borkenau, P. and Zaltauskas, K. (2009), Effects of self-enhancement on agreement on personality profiles. Eur. J. Pers., 23: 107–123. doi: 10.1002/per.707
- Issue published online: 20 FEB 2009
- Article first published online: 20 FEB 2009
- Manuscript Revised: 17 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 17 DEC 2008
- Manuscript Received: 24 SEP 2008
- socially desirable responding;
- personality profiles;
- self–other agreement
Effects of self-enhancement and socially desirable responding (SDR) on rater agreement for personality profiles were studied in 304 students. Dyads of participants described themselves and their peer on the Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) that measures 30 facets of personality. In addition, participants filled in six scales measuring self-enhancement or SDR. Data analyses focussed on moderator and suppressor effects of SDR on the similarity between self-reported and other reported NEO-PI-R profiles. Three kinds of profile agreement were distinguished: (a) normative agreement; (b) distinctive agreement and (c) profile normativeness, that is, how strongly a self-reported personality profile resembled the average profile of all participants. There were no moderator or suppressor effects on distinctive agreement, but SDR predicted profile normativeness quite strongly. Copyright © 2009 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.