The genetics of personality/psychopathology: A brief review of constructs, results, approaches, and implications

Thomas Bouchard, Wendy Johnson, Irving Gottesman

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Abstract

Psychiatric “conditions” are part of the personality sphere and not discrete “disorders”. All personality traits are significantly influenced by many genes of very small effect. The personality traits that imply dysfunction are positively correlated, implying a general “p” factor. The brain is a “kludgy” organ due to the way it evolved. It is likely that explanations of psychopathology will also be “kludgy”. Nevertheless, current research suggests that we are making sure but slow progress.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenes, Brains, and Emotions
EditorsAndrei C. Miu, Judith R. Homberg, Klaus-Peter Lesch
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages19
ISBN (Print)9780198793014
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2019

Publication series

NameSeries in Affective Science

Keywords

  • personality
  • psychopathology
  • genes
  • quantitative genetics
  • molecular genetics
  • heritability
  • twins
  • GWAS

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