Dawne S. Vogt is now affiliated with the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, VA Boston Healthcare System, & Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Psychiatry, Boston, MA.
Interpersonal Orientation and the Accuracy of Personality Judgments
Article first published online: 14 MAR 2003
Journal of Personality
Volume 71, Issue 2, pages 267–295, April 2003
How to Cite
Vogt, D. S. and Randall Colvin, C. (2003), Interpersonal Orientation and the Accuracy of Personality Judgments. Journal of Personality, 71: 267–295. doi: 10.1111/1467-6494.7102005
- Issue published online: 14 MAR 2003
- Article first published online: 14 MAR 2003
Are those who are more invested in developing and maintaining interpersonal relationships able to provide more accurate judgments of others' personality characteristics? Previous research has produced mixed findings. In the present study, a conceptual framework was presented and methods were used that overcome many of the problems encountered in past research on judgmental accuracy. On four occasions, 102 judges watched a 12-min videotaped dyadic interaction and described the personality of a designated target person. Judges' personality characteristics were described by self, parents, and friends. Results revealed that psychological communion was positively associated with judges' accuracy in rating targets' personality characteristics. In addition, whereas women were more communal and provided more accurate judgments than men, the relationship between communion and accuracy held after controlling for the effect of gender. Finally, preliminary findings suggested that interpersonally oriented individuals may sometimes draw on information about themselves and about stereotypical others to facilitate accurate judgments of others.