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From Fear to Flow

Book Description

From Fear to Flow explores how personality traits may influence attitude, behaviour and reaction to information. Consideration is made for individual differences in information behaviour and reasons behind individual search differences. The book reviews personality and information behaviour and discusses how personality may influence the attitude towards information. Reaction to information is examined in contexts such as everyday life, decision-making, work, studies and human-computer interaction.

  • Introduces a little researched area which is current and needed in our Information Age
  • Explores how personality traits may influence attitude, behaviour and reaction to information
  • Provides an overview of the psychological aspects and individual differences in information seeking behaviour and examines reasons behind individual search differences other than personality

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. List of figures and tables
  6. About the author
  7. List of acronyms
  8. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Making the most of strengths
    2. The whole is more than the sum of the parts
  9. Chapter 2: Personality
    1. Trait theory
    2. Consistency
    3. Genetic base
    4. Five-factor model
  10. Chapter 3: Openness to experience – the exploration dimension
    1. introduction
    2. Open information interaction
    3. Innovation and discovery
    4. Joy of learning
    5. Intuitive decision-making
    6. Incidental information acquisition
    7. Curiosity
    8. Tip-of-the-tongue experience
    9. Risk-taking
    10. Cautious information interaction
  11. Chapter 4: Conscientiousness – the persistence dimension
    1. Introduction
    2. Conscientious information interaction
    3. Dedication and thoroughness
    4. Work achievement
    5. The goal in mind and heart
    6. Careful decision-making
    7. Laid-back information interaction
  12. Chapter 5: Extroversion – the social dimension
    1. Introduction
    2. Interpersonal information interaction
    3. Flexibility and pragmatism
    4. Sensation seeking
    5. Reflective information interaction
  13. Chapter 6: Agreeableness – the trust dimension
    1. Introduction
    2. Agreeable information interaction
    3. Competitive information interaction
  14. Chapter 7: Negative affectivity – the emotional dimension
    1. Introduction
    2. Anxiety versus depression
    3. Anxious perception
    4. Anxious interpretation
    5. Frenetic information seeking
    6. Depression
    7. Aggression
    8. Pessimism
    9. Negative emotionality as a barrier
    10. Supporting the library anxious
    11. Avoidance in a work context
    12. Decision-making and relevance judgment
  15. Chapter 8: Need for cognition
  16. Chapter 9: Positive emotionality
    1. Introduction
    2. Mood
    3. Incidental information acquisition
    4. Motivation
    5. Happily prolonging uncertainty
    6. Flow
  17. Chapter 10: Self-efficacy and self-confidence
    1. Introduction
    2. Self-assured information interaction
    3. Confident decision-making
    4. Efficiency in a work context
    5. Insecure information interaction
  18. Chapter 11: Locus of control
    1. Introduction
    2. Responsible information interaction
    3. Helplessness
  19. Chapter 12: Monitoring and blunting
    1. Introduction
    2. Intensive information seeking
    3. Dispositional coping
    4. Arousal
    5. Monitoring and trait anxiety
    6. Information avoidance
  20. Chapter 13: Uncertainty orientation
    1. Introduction
    2. Uncertainty-oriented information interaction
    3. Certainty-oriented information interaction
    4. Uncertainty orientation and other traits
  21. Chapter 14: Broad scanning, fast surfing and deep diving
  22. Chapter 15: Discussion
    1. You have your own unique talents in information interaction – capitalize on them!
    2. Strengths in information interaction
    3. Openness to experience
    4. Conscientiousness
    5. Extroversion
    6. Agreeableness
    7. Negative affectivity
    8. The full picture
    9. Five dimensions
    10. Personality and information interaction 2.0 forward
  23. References
  24. Index