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Personality: bridging the literatures from human psychology and behavioural ecology

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Abstract

The concept of personality has recently begun to attract a great deal of interest in behavioural ecology. However, there is also a large and mature literature on personality within human psychology. These two bodies of work have developed independently and at present make rather little reference to one another. The current paper has two main objectives. First, we seek to acquaint behavioural ecologists with the principal ideas and issues found in the human personality psychology literature. Second, we explore how ideas from the behavioural ecology literature might help advance research in human personality psychology. We suggest strong potential for convergence between the two literatures in the near future. Common themes of this future unified science of personality include the conception of personality traits as reaction norms, a commitment to the importance of direct measurement of behaviour, investigation of both proximate and ultimate explanations for personality variation, and a concern with the impact of personality variation on survival and reproductive success.


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Author(s): Nettle D, Penke L

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences

Year: 2010

Volume: 365

Issue: 1560

Pages: 4043-4050

Print publication date: 01/12/2010

ISSN (print): 0962-8452

ISSN (electronic): 1471-2954

Publisher: ROYAL SOC

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0061

DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2010.0061


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