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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (10): 1751-1761.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01751

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The relationship between self-concept consistency and well-being: The moderating effect of culture

DU Jian()   

  1. Graduate School of Human-Environment Studies, Kyushu University, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
  • Received:2019-06-27 Online:2020-10-15 Published:2020-08-24
  • Contact: DU Jian


It has been demonstrated that self-concept consistency improves hedonic and eudaimonic well-being. However, culture may influence the relationship between them. Westerners are not only individualistic but also possess independent self-construal and low-level dialectical thinking. Therefore, their self-concept consistency is high and more predictive of their well-being. In contrast, Easterners are collectivistic, and they tend to have interdependent self-construal and high-level dialectical thinking. In this manner, their self-concept consistency is low and less predictive of their well-being. Future research should be conducted on other levels of personality besides dispositional traits and investigate different kinds of self-concept consistency and well-being. Moreover, they should also explore other cultural factors functioning in this process and investigate the comprehensive mechanism through which self-concept consistency and culture can influence well-being.

Key words: self-concept consistency, well-being, culture

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