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  • By: Kristy McDonald, T. Caitlin O'Brien & Kathryn Lemery-Chalfant
  • In: Encyclopedia of Human Relationships
  • Edited by: Harry T. Reis & Susan Sprecher
  • Subject:Interpersonal Relationships, Group Processes/Dynamics, Close Relationships

Temperament is the emotional and regulat ory core of personality, incorporating traitlike individual differences in emotional, attentional, and motor reactivity and in self-regulation. Temperament is biologically based, present early in life, and develops through a ...

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