Who Hoards? Honesty-Humility and Behavioural Responses to the 2019/20 Coronavirus Pandemic

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Description: Large-scale emergencies such as the 2019/20 coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic pose conflicts of interests between individual and societal welfare. One example is the run on many basic goods which affected countries experience. However, conflicts of interests also afford the expression of personality traits associated with individual differences in prosocial behaviour. HEXACO Honesty-Humility, in particular, is associated with prosocial behaviour at a personal cost. Across two studies (N = 601), Honesty-Humility was positively associated with refraining from stockpiling in the past and intentions to do so in the future. Surprisingly, this was not due to personality differences in beliefs that others would refrain from stockpiling. Instead, results suggest that individuals high in Honesty-Humility may have been motivated to maximise societal outcomes, even at the cost of foregoing individual gain. Overall, Honesty-Humility showed a relationship with individual differences in prosocial behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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