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Cornelia Wrzus, Martin Quintus & Anna Baumert

In: The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume I: The Science of Personality and Individual Differences

Chapter 10: Measuring Personality Processes in the Lab and the Field

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Measuring Personality Processes in the Lab and the Field
Measuring Personality Processes in the Lab and the Field
Cornelia Wrzus Martin Quintus Anna Baumert

This chapter provides a general overview of measuring personality processes in the lab and in the field. Personality processes refer to the dynamic aspects of personality, that is, how personality characteristics such as shyness, anxiety, or perfectionism manifest as streams of thoughts, feelings, and behavior (i.e., states) in certain situations. This linkage between traits and situations renders examining personality processes important. Furthermore, personality traits are relatively stable over time, yet states vary across time and situations. This variation reflects the dynamic nature of personality, which needs to be understood. ...

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