The big questions of personality psychology: defining common pursuits of the discipline



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IMAGINATION, COGNITION AND PERSONALITY, Vol. 27(1) 3-26, 2007-2008

THE BIG QUESTIONS OF PERSONALITY
PSYCHOLOGY: DEFINING COMMON PURSUITS
OF THE DISCIPLINE
JOHN D. MAYER
University of New Hampshire
ABSTRACT
Big questions of personality are those that are simple, important, and often have been asked repeatedly overtime, such as Who am I What is human nature and How does personality work This article identifies 20 big questions relevant to personality psychology. The historical background of each question is briefly described, and the questions are arranged into a model of big questions about personality. The questions, it is argued,
both reflect and help to clarify the intrinsic interest in studying personality psychology. They offer insight into the cohesive nature of the field of personality by helping to define its common pursuits.




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