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 ...
|Title of host publication||The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Volume 1 - Personality Theories and Models|
|Editors||Gregory J Boyle, Gerald Matthews, Donald H. Saklofske|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||SAGE Publications Ltd|
|Number of pages||30|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2008|
Boyle, G. J., Matthews, G., & Saklofske, D. H. (2008). Personality theories and models: An overview. In G. J. Boyle, G. Matthews, & D. H. Saklofske (Eds.), The SAGE Handbook of Personality Theory and Assessment: Volume 1 - Personality Theories and Models (pp. 1-30). London: SAGE Publications Ltd. https://doi.org/10.4135/9781849200462.n1