Some People Probably Need to Make More Sense: An Exploratory Study on Individual Differences and the Need for Sense-Making

Katarzyna Cantarero , Wijnand A. P. Van Tilburg , Agata Gąsiorowska , Bogdan Wojciszke , Beata Kuźma


We define the need for sense-making as the desire to find reliable connections between the objects, situations, and relationships that people encounter. We have proposed and tested that there are possible individual differences in the need for sense-making and that these individual differences are insightful in characterizing individuals and their behaviors. A correlational study (N = 229) showed that need for sense-making was positively related to self-esteem, extroversion, conscientiousness, openness, and sense of control. Additionally, a higher need for sense-making was associated with greater perception of it as an important part of people’s identity. Thus, need for sense-making is relevant to understanding individual differences and can furthermore comprise a significant element of people’s identity. These results break new ground in the study of individual differences in the need for sense-making and can be of great importance in work and organizational psychology.
Author Katarzyna Cantarero (Filia we Wrocławiu / II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu)
Katarzyna Cantarero,,
- II Wydział Psychologii we Wrocławiu
, Wijnand A. P. Van Tilburg
Wijnand A. P. Van Tilburg,,
, Agata Gąsiorowska
Agata Gąsiorowska,,
, Bogdan Wojciszke
Bogdan Wojciszke,,
, Beata Kuźma (Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu)
Beata Kuźma,,
- Wydział Zamiejscowy w Poznaniu
Journal seriesPolish Psychological Bulletin, ISSN 0079-2993, e-ISSN 1641-7844, (N/A 40 pkt)
Issue year2019
Publication size in sheets0.5
Keywords in Englishneed for sense-making, individual differences, personality traits
ASJC Classification3200 General Psychology
Languageen angielski
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Score (nominal)40
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Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 0.232
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