Personality theories and models: An overview

Gregory J. Boyle, Gerald Matthews, Donald H. Saklofske

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The thesis of these volumes is that the study of personality traits has advanced towards ‘normal science’ in the sense of a Kuhnian paradigm (cf. Eysenck, 1981; Kuhn, 1962). That is, most researchers in this area share a set of common core beliefs supported by empirical evidence. These include the relative stability of traits over time, a significant genetic and biological influence on personality, and relevance of traits to many areas of everyday life. Each one of these beliefs has been vigorously contested in the past, but the evidence in favour of each one is now overwhelming (Boyle and Saklofske, 2004; Matthews et al., 2003). At the same time, researchers do not subscribe to ...
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Volume 1 - Personality Theories and Models
EditorsGregory J Boyle, Gerald Matthews, Donald H. Saklofske
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherSAGE Publications Ltd
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9781849200462
ISBN (Print)9781412946513
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008


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