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Clients' experiences of intentional personality change coaching

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Purpose: The main objective of this study was to explore clients’ experiences of participating in a structured

    intentional personality change coaching programme designed to facilitate change on client chosen personality

    facets.

    Design: A qualitative design, using inductive thematic analysis was employed to explore participants’

    experiences with as few pre-conceptions as possible.

    Method: The current study used semi-structured, face-to-face interviews to collect data from 32 participants

    at the conclusion of a 10-week structured intentional personality change coaching programme. Transcribed

    interview data was then coded and analysed for themes, using steps and processes outlined in Braun and

    Clarke (2006).

    Results: Thematic analysis revealed four key themes. First, personality coaching promoted reflection, leading

    to greater self-awareness. Second, it fostered an authentic self and values consistent way of living, without

    loss of valued aspects of identity. Third, it produced tangible and practical life benefits including enhanced

    confidence and competence, and strengthened ability to relate to others. Finally, most clients viewed the

    structured personality change coaching programme as enjoyable, positive and beneficial.

    Conclusion: This study suggests personality change coaching is perceived by clients as providing opportunities

    for developing greater self-awareness, authenticity, and a values consistent way of living. Whereas personality

    change is the goal of such coaching, this translates into practical benefits, and is perceived by clients as a

    positive experience. Professional implications of expanding coaching into this relatively new area are identified.

    Keywords: personality; intentional; change; coaching; Big Five; Five Factor; clients’ experiences.

UOW Authors


  •   Martin, Sue S. (external author)
  •   Oades, Lindsay G. (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Martin, L. S., Oades, L. G. & Caputi, P. (2015). Clients' experiences of intentional personality change coaching. International Coaching Psychology Review, 10 (1), 94-108.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2158

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 94

End Page


  • 108

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • Purpose: The main objective of this study was to explore clients’ experiences of participating in a structured

    intentional personality change coaching programme designed to facilitate change on client chosen personality

    facets.

    Design: A qualitative design, using inductive thematic analysis was employed to explore participants’

    experiences with as few pre-conceptions as possible.

    Method: The current study used semi-structured, face-to-face interviews to collect data from 32 participants

    at the conclusion of a 10-week structured intentional personality change coaching programme. Transcribed

    interview data was then coded and analysed for themes, using steps and processes outlined in Braun and

    Clarke (2006).

    Results: Thematic analysis revealed four key themes. First, personality coaching promoted reflection, leading

    to greater self-awareness. Second, it fostered an authentic self and values consistent way of living, without

    loss of valued aspects of identity. Third, it produced tangible and practical life benefits including enhanced

    confidence and competence, and strengthened ability to relate to others. Finally, most clients viewed the

    structured personality change coaching programme as enjoyable, positive and beneficial.

    Conclusion: This study suggests personality change coaching is perceived by clients as providing opportunities

    for developing greater self-awareness, authenticity, and a values consistent way of living. Whereas personality

    change is the goal of such coaching, this translates into practical benefits, and is perceived by clients as a

    positive experience. Professional implications of expanding coaching into this relatively new area are identified.

    Keywords: personality; intentional; change; coaching; Big Five; Five Factor; clients’ experiences.

UOW Authors


  •   Martin, Sue S. (external author)
  •   Oades, Lindsay G. (external author)
  •   Caputi, Peter

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Martin, L. S., Oades, L. G. & Caputi, P. (2015). Clients' experiences of intentional personality change coaching. International Coaching Psychology Review, 10 (1), 94-108.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/2158

Number Of Pages


  • 14

Start Page


  • 94

End Page


  • 108

Volume


  • 10

Issue


  • 1