Besides common underlying mechanisms, the coalescence of personality markers into traits can be explained by networks of direct causal associations between them. The talk describes one formal framework for thinking of and parameterizing the emergence and stabilizing of such networks. According to the framework, people strive for fluctuating equilibria between their personality characteristics and environments, which is achieved via person-environment transactions and both reinforcing as well as inhibiting connections between the network elements. These processes are seen as taking place within individuals and phenomena pertaining to individual differences such as personality traits are assumed to emerge from these intra-individual processes. Simulations are used to provide a proof of concept for the framework and demonstrate its ability to account for several key findings in personality trait research. The framework may provide one way of merging within-individuals personality science, between-individuals personality science, and person-environment interactions.
|Publication status||Published - 19 Jul 2014|
|Event||17th European Conference on Personality - Lausanne, Switzerland|
Duration: 15 Jul 2014 → 19 Jul 2014
|Conference||17th European Conference on Personality|
|Period||15/07/14 → 19/07/14|