Interacting personality traits? Smoking as a test case

Joseph Glicksohn, Galit Nahari

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We question whether it is profitable to look at smoking (both smoking status and the number of cigarettes smoked a day): (1) in terms of the personality traits of Extraversion, Neuroticism and Psychoticism; (2) in terms of their pairwise interactions; (3) with respect, rather, to impulsivity or sensation seeking; or (4) taking into consideration both these levels of analysis. Our sample comprised 121 smokers and 111 non-smokers (mostly students). No interactions were predictive of smoking. Both Psychoticism and impulsivity were found to be central traits-thereby providing support for the notion that it is a better strategy to look at smoking in terms of both these levels of analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-234
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Gestalt
  • Interaction
  • Personality
  • Smoking
  • Traits


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