Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Ciaran Nally 

BSc [Hons] Applied Psychology

In the Applied Psychology course I chose to go down the psychology and Technology route. This opened my eyes to a different side of psychology that I was not previously aware of. It changed my focus from wanting to pursue forensic psychology to have a passion for user experience design and user interface. It is a highly interesting field and in the future I may apply to study the user experience masters in IADT.

Big 5 personality traits (Extraversion and Neuroticism) and Self Esteem as predictors of Subjective Well Being

This project was conducted to examine the link between chosen big 5 personality traits and self esteem on ones subjective well being. Subjective well being is a combination of life satisfaction and affect. It was conducted as an online survey through microsoft forms due to the covid 19 pandemic. The personality traits from the big 5 included were extraversion and neuroticism as the existing literature suggested those two had the biggest effect on the dependent variables employed in this study.

Project Objectives

The outcomes of this study was that neuroticism did not have any significant effect on subjective well being. Extraversion was approaching significance on ones affect but was not significant on life satisfaction. However, self esteem was significant on both dependent variables. This points towards future research using self esteem yet gathering a different independent variable than big 5 due to the lack of relationship in the study.