The Long Term Effect Of Unemployment on Personality

Unemployment is not a pleasant phase of life. For the ones who depend on monthly salary credits into the bank account, jobless days tend to slow down life. Most of us would have passed through this phase at least once, if not more. Leading life without a job can hurt financially as well as emotionally. We stumbled upon an interesting study titled “Unemployment and Personality” which throws light on change in personality traits of people who experienced some sort of  jobless over a period of time.

Personality Change Following Unemployment

The study correlates how unemployment affects key personality traits in a long run. Led by Chris Boyce of the University of Warwick, the team used a big preexisting data set of German nationals. A large audience of 6,769 people were given a standard personality inventory and asked to provide ratings on Big Five personality characteristics – agreeableness, conscientiousness, extraversion, neuroticism, and openness. Four years after this exercise, the same set or workers were given the personality inventory tracking their employment status during this period.

Unemployment and Personality

This helped the research team in linking alterations in personality traits to phases of unemployment. Among the audience, 451 experienced some joblessness between 2006 and 2009. The motive of this study was met when these candidates showed change in the five personality characteristics. There was little change recorded in those who had no or little break in employment during the 4 year phase. The results of this study also show variation in opinion based on gender.

Before this study, one could not think of unemployment as one of the prime factors that leads to change in personality. The study though, does not consider into account the reason for changes in personality traits.

The Close

We must conclude by saying that unemployment is a phase of life that can lead to a lot of changes, personality wise. It can redefine who you’re, your commitments and have a say in relationships. The only hope is that these changes are progressive in nature and not create any drifts. For financial assistance during jobless phase, make use of government funded benefits such as unemployment insurance which gives you up to 26 weeks of monetary compensation which will be sufficient to meet the basic needs.

  1. I have been working as an hourly employee for the last 4 months. Currently the board of the nonprofit agency came to me and told me that I had to file a 1099 or go to part time or find a new job. I have a scheduled time that I report to work. What are the laws here in Florida about who can receive a 1099

  2. I am unemployed and currently going to a community college. How can I apply for federal assistance?

    1. Carol,

      If you’re able and available for full-time employment, you can directly go to the website of the Unemployment Office and apply.

  3. I have worked in AZ since March 2016. However, I moved lived and worked for my employer in CA since 08/02/1982. Can I apply for Cali unemployment benefits?

    1. Robert,

      You should be applying from the state where your employment was based. Employers generally remit unemployment taxes to the state where the employee is based.

  4. I have been trying for over a month to file and I still do not seem to be able to do it, but I finally got to the correct place, I think.

  5. Cumberland NJ Unemployment Center kept me on hold for 2 hours; I finally had someone answer my call, after providing my information and question regarding the status of my NJ Unemployment Claim the representative disconnected my call.

  6. Excellent list of things to help execute better. Even taking 3 or 4 of these that one does not currently utilize could help immensely.

    1. How did you calculate the total weekly Illinois benefit of $1495? Also, why isn’t Washington and Minnesota listed in your top 5 states with the highest paid unemployment insurance compensation?

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