Exploring the Relationship Between Personality Traits and Superstitious Beliefs

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  • Michael C. Anyaegbunam Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria
  • Dare Ojo Omonijo Department of Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme, Covenant University, Ota; Department of Sociology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, Nigeria
  • Chibuike Emmanuel Ogunwa Department of Psychology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36941/jicd-2021-0004

Keywords:

Relationship, Personality Traits, Superstitious Beliefs

Abstract

In Nigeria, almost every tribe has several superstitious beliefs which, tend to affect their day to day behavior. The current work investigated the relationship of such beliefs with personality traits in the southeast geopolitical zone of the country [specifically Igbo land]. The researchers used the Big 5 personality Inventory (BFPI) and the Igbo Culture Superstitious Belief Scale. The internal consistency reliability of the ICSBS ranged from .30 to .67. A total of 250 participants [94 males and 156 females, between 25 and 53 years, with the mean age of 36.99 and standard deviation 5.89] participated in the study.  Multiple regression analysis was adopted. From the above result, openness to experience (Beta = .484, t=8.15, p<.05=.00) and Neuroticism (Beta = .391, t=6.36, p<.05=.00) had a significant correlation with superstitious belief, while Extraversion (Beta = .072, t=1.51, p<.05=.13), Agreeableness (Beta = .997, t=.98, p<.05=.33) and Conscientiousness (Beta = -.078, t=-1.60p<.05=.11).   This implies that only Neuroticism and Openness to Experience had significant relationship with superstitious beliefs. It was therefore recommended that further research be conducted to better understand the unique characteristics of the Igbo people.

 

Received: 20 October 2020 / Accepted: 5 May 2021 / Published: 17 May 2021

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Published

2021-05-17

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Anyaegbunam, M. C. ., Omonijo, D. O. ., & Ogunwa, C. E. . (2021). Exploring the Relationship Between Personality Traits and Superstitious Beliefs. Journal of International Cooperation and Development, 4(1), 60. https://doi.org/10.36941/jicd-2021-0004

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