Dr. Eugene Proto, from the Centre for competitive advantage in the global economy from the University of Warwick, for a long time to investigate how the characteristics of the human personality can affect what people feel in relation to their income with respect to the material at different levels of life satisfaction.
Dr. Proto and Aldo Rustikini, University of Minnesota, explained that in psychology, the term Neuroticism (neuroticism) - «fundamental feature of human individuality." People with high levels of neuroticism tend to be more sensitive to the anger and hostility, and are more susceptible to developing depression.
The authors argue that people with high levels of neuroticism, which also paid well at work, have a significantly higher chance of perception wage growth as a failure in life.
"Someone who has high levels of neuroticism, will feel that the increase in income is a measure of success. When they are on a low income, the increase in fees really suits them, because they see it as a personal achievement.
However, if they are already in positions with higher wages, they may think that an increase in wages - not as good as they expected. Thus, they see this as a partial failure of the career, and it lowers their life satisfaction ».
Results Proto and Rustikini, who used data from the British Household Panel Survey survey and the German Socio-Economic Panel, will be presented at the conference ESRC Research Methods Festival in July this year.
Dr. Proto says:
"These results suggest that we should consider more money as a tool to measure our success or failure, and not as a means to achieve greater comfort in life."