About Some Personality Misfortunes of Opportunists: The Negative Correlation of Economic Defection With Autonomy, Agreeableness, and Well-Being


  • The authors appreciate the helpful comments and suggestions they received from two anonymous reviewers. They also thank Clive Richardson for reviewing the English version of the Economic Opportunism Scale (see Appendix).

Maria Sakalaki, 136 Siggrou Avenue, 17671–Athens, Greece. E-mail: sakalaki@panteion.gr


This research contributes to progress in comprehension of the construct of opportunism and defection through investigation of some personality correlates of opportunism. It reports the results of 3 studies that aim to explore the relationships between economic opportunism and autonomy, agreeableness, and well-being. The first 2 studies (Ns = 193 and 169) examined the correlation between opportunistic propensity, as measured by an economic opportunism scale with measures of autonomy, control, impersonal orientation, Big Five, and psychological well-being. Consistent with predictions, opportunism was positively correlated with control and impersonal orientations; and negatively correlated with autonomy, agreeableness, and psychological well-being. Study 3 (N = 61) showed that the level of cooperation in a trust game was negatively correlated with control orientation.