Personality Traits, Empathy, Altruism and Life Satisfaction in Employees of NGOS

Author: Ishrat Fatima

Supervisor: Shazia Khalid, PhD

Degree: MSc

Year: 2014-2016

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present study was conducted to investigate the predictors of empathy and life satisfaction employees working in NGOs. The sample of current research study comprised of N = 160 with 93 males 57.7% and 65 females 40.4 %. Data was collected from social welfare organizations working at Lahore. Information on demographic sheet was inquired using demographic information questionnaire. It was hypothesized that there is likely to be positive relationship amon personality traits, empathy, altruism and life satisfaction as well as personality traits, empathy, altruism are likely to be predictor of life satisfaction. The Big Five inventory (BFI-K21) (Rammstedt & John, 2005), Toronto Empathy Questionnaire TEQ (Spreng, et al.,2009 ) , HAS Helping Atittude Scale , (Nickell, 1998), Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS) (Diener, et al., 1985) were used to assess personality, empathy, altruism and life satisfaction of employees of NGOs. Result indicated that personality has significant relationship with life satisfaction empathy and altruism. Well it was further found that extravert and consciousness from personality and empathy was positively and strongly predict life satisfaction. The study has important implication in understanding the effect of personality on life satisfaction with empathy and altruism in employees of NGOs.

Keywords: Personality Traits, Empathy, Altruism, Life Satisfaction.

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