Personality Traits of Religious Practitioners

Author: Nasiha Rafique

Supervisor: Ms. Shahnila Tariq

Degree: MPhil

Year: (2008-2012)

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


The present research aimed to investigate the Personality Traits of Religious Practitioners. It was an exploratory research and was done by using survey method within group research design. The sample was male religious practitioners (N = 80) from different mosques of Lahore. Big Five Personality Inventory (John & Srivastava, 1999) was translated into Urdu and was used to assess the personality traits of religious practitioners. Comprehensive demographic questionnaire was also used, including open ended question regarding their choice of becoming practitioners. Data was analyzed and measured by using inferential and descriptive statistics. Results showed that religious practitioners scored highest on openness to experience. Scores of conscientiousness and agreeableness were almost same whereas they scored quite low on extraversion and neuroticism. On the basis of above given results, it was concluded that religious practitioners were more open and less extroverts and neurotics. The present study can be helpful in having an insight into the personalities of religious practitioners and further will be helpful in changing the stereotypical perception of normal population.

Keywords: personality traits, religious practitioners.

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Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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