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The examination of personality and individual differences is a major field of research in the modern discipline of psychology. Concerned with the ways humans develop an organised set of characteristics to shape themselves and the world around them, it is a study of how people come to be 'different' and 'similar' to others, on both an individual and a cultural level. This volume focuses on the multiple origins of personality and individual differences, in chapters arranged across three thematic sections: Part 1: Biological Origins of Personality and Individual Differences Part 2: Developmental Origins of Personality and Individual Differences Part 3: Environmental Origins of Personality and Individual Differences With outstanding contributions from leading scholars across the world, this is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate ...

Personality Development in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Personality Development in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Theo A. Klimstra Jeroen Borghuis Wiebke Bleidorn

The phrase ‘personality development’ would have looked like a ‘contradictio in terminis’ to many researchers until approximately 30 years ago, as personality was widely believed to be a stable construct. In contrast, it is now widely acknowledged that there is much change in personality throughout the lifespan, with the most pronounced changes occurring during adolescence and young adulthood. This chapter focuses on these key periods of personality development, roughly spanning ages 12 to 40 years.

Personality is a broad concept and was originally defined as ‘the dynamic organization within the individual of ...

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