One possible take on the emergence of personality within and between people

Rene Mõttus, Lars Penke, Aja L Murray, Thomas Booth

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 19 Jul 2014
Event17th European Conference on Personality - Lausanne, Switzerland
Duration: 15 Jul 201419 Jul 2014


Conference17th European Conference on Personality


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