A definitive, authoritative and up-to-date resource for anyone interested in the theories, models and assessment methods used for understanding the many factes of Human personality and individual differences. Volume 1: Personality Theories and Models deals with the major theoretical models underlying personality instruments.

Explanatory Models of Personality: Social-Cognitive Theories and the Knowledge-and-Appraisal Model of Personality Architecture

Explanatory models of personality: Social-cognitive theories and the knowledge-and-appraisal model of personality architecture

This is a chapter on the social-cognitive theories of personality, prepared for a section of the present handbook devoted to explanatory models of personality. This context for writing inherently raises three questions:

  • What is an explanatory model?
  • What needs to be explained (which roughly equates to ‘What is personality?’)
  • What are the social-cognitive theories, and in what sense are they explanatory models of personality?

We begin by considering these three questions in turn. The chapter then provides a broad overview of the social-cognitive approach by reviewing the landmark contributions of Bandura (1986, 2006) and Mischel (1973, 2004) and considering implications of ...

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