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Some Structured Self-Report Correlates of Fantasy Measures of the Need for Variety

Andrews, Susan L.; Honey, Richard D.; Maddi, Salvatore R.
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ETS Research Bulletin
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National Institute of Mental Health, Fantasy, Individual Needs, Novelty Stimulus Dimension, Projective Measures, Psychological Characteristics, Self Evaluation (Individuals)


This study investigated further the possibility that the tendencies to produce novelty, have curiosity, and desire novelty are three distinct forms of the need for variety. Fantasy (thematic apperception) measures of these tendencies were obtained, along with some variables measured by the structured self-report method, on 87 male subjects. The fantasy measures showed considerable independence of each other. The correlations between fantasy and self-report measures confirmed expectation by suggesting that people high in novelty of productions or curiosity are similar in valuing and striving for variety, and in having high characteristic levels of activation. Contrary to expectations, the fantasy measure of desire for novelty did not share this similarity. This one of the three fantasy measures also showed the lowest internal consistency.

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