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Personality Fit and Positive Interventions: Extraverted and Introverted Individuals Benefit from Different Happiness Increasing Strategies

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Author(s): Stephen M. Schueller

Journal: Psychology
ISSN 2152-7180

Volume: 03;
Issue: 12;
Start page: 1166;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Positive Psychology | Intervention | Matching | Personality | Extraversion

ABSTRACT
The current investigation examined if introverts and extraverts benefit differentially from specific positive psychology interventions. Across two studies participants completed various interventions: three good things, gratitude visit, savoring, signature strength, and active-constructive responding. In study 1, each participant (N = 150) completed 1 of the 5 interventions over a one-week period. All 5 interventions led to increases in happiness, t(144) = 3.80, p < .001, and reductions in depressive symptoms t(144) = 5.20, p
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