From Fear to Flow - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9781843345138, 9781780630366

From Fear to Flow

1st Edition

Personality and Information Interaction

Authors: Jannica Heinstrom
eBook ISBN: 9781780630366
Paperback ISBN: 9781843345138
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 30th July 2010
Page Count: 240
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Table of Contents

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.


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.

Key Features

  • Introduces a little researched area which is current and needed in our Information Age
  • Explores how personality traits may influence attitude, behaviour and reaction to information
  • Provides an overview of the psychological aspects and individual differences in information seeking behaviour and examines reasons behind individual search differences other than personality


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


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…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

About the Authors

Jannica Heinstrom Author

Dr. Jannica Heinstrom has a masters degree in Psychology and a PhD in Information Studies from Abo Akademi University, Finland. She is currently a full time researcher at the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries, Rutgers University, USA. She has extensive research experience in the field of psychological mechanisms of information behaviour, with an emphasis on personality differences. Her work has won numerous prices, including the Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence, Outstanding Paper Award, 2005.

Affiliations and Expertise

Abo Akademi University, Finland