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From Fear to Flow

Personality and Information Interaction

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.

Researchers, practitioners and students of Library and Information Science and psychology

Paperback, 240 Pages

Published: July 2010

Imprint: Chandos Publishing

ISBN: 978-1-84334-513-8


  • …can be used to develop individual information-seeking skills as information professional, as a self-reflective tool to examine one’s characteristics and how these influence the way one interacts with information., Australian Library Journal
    …the first significant monographic work to link personality types and information behaviour and I'm sure it will shortly be everyone's reading list., Information Research


  • Personality; Openness to experience - the exploration dimension; Conscientiousness - the persistence dimension; Extroversion - the social dimension; Agreeableness - the trust dimension; Negative affectivity - the emotional dimension; Need for cognition; Positive emotionality; Self-efficacy and self-confidence; Locus of control; Monitoring and blunting; Uncertainty orientation; Broad scanning, fast surfing and deep diving; Discussion.


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