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Personality, perfectionism and flow among professional ballet dancers


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Andrijašević, Katarina. (2018). Personality, perfectionism and flow among professional ballet dancers. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Vukasović, Tena].

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Despite the importance of physical appearance for ballet dancers, and the selection of children in terms of their physical characteristics and predispositions when enrolling in ballet schools, the question arises as to whether some psychological characteristics play a role in choosing ballet as a professional career. The aim of this study was to explore differences in personality traits, positive and negative perfectionism and proneness to flow between ballet dancers and control group. A total of 42 ballet dancers from Croatian national theatre in Zagreb, Split and Rijeka participated in the survey, along with 40 participants who were similar to the dancers by sex, age and level of education. All participants took a survey through the paper and pencil test method which included completing: HEXACO-60 personality inventory that measuers six personality traits (honesty-humility, emotionality, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness and openess to experience); Positive and negative perfectionism scale; Flow Proneness Questionnaire; and general information about participants. Results show that there are statistically significant differences between ballet dancers and control group in extraversion, conscientiousness and negative perfectionism, where dancers have higher results on conscientiousness and negative perfectionism, and lower results on extraversion. There are no statistically significant differences neither in personality traits honesty-humility, emotionality, agreeableness and openess to experience, nor in positive perfectionism and flow proneness. Possible explanations for these findings are discussed along with suggestions for future research.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: ballet, personality, perfectionism, flow
Subjects: Psychology > Opća psihologija
Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Vukasović, Tena
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2018 11:15
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2018 11:15

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