The Nature and Power of Interests

James Rounds, Rong Su

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Despite their significance to both individuals and organizations, interests are often misunderstood, and their predictive power is often overlooked. In this article, we discuss the nature of interests, describe several key features of interests, and, contrary to the received knowledge of many, explain how interests can be used to predict career and educational choice, performance, and success. Finally, we discuss the continuity of interests across the life span and explain how evidence of stability supports conceptualizations of interests as being distinct dispositions rather than simply extensions or workplace instantiations of basic personality traits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)98-103
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2014


  • careers
  • education
  • interests
  • performance
  • success

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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