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ERIC Number: EJ781491
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 2
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0003-066X
Traits and Trade-Offs Are an Important Tier
Nettle, Daniel
American Psychologist, v62 n9 p1074-1075 Dec 2007
Replies to comments by K. M. Sheldon et al on the author's original article on evolution and personality variation. Sheldon et al concurred with the thrust of that article that the way natural selection shapes or gives rise to interindividual variation is a worthy topic for evolutionary psychologists to consider, so at a broad level Sheldon et al and Nettle are in agreement. The contention concerns the utility of broad traits such as the Big Five personality factors in undertaking evolutionary personality psychology. Nettle does not concur that traits do not provide a good approach to understanding interindividual variation. They have proved their utility in humans and in other species. Nettle does agree that traits alone are not sufficient for understanding personality functioning, particularly in humans, and hopes that other psychologists, including perhaps Sheldon et al, will add an evolution-informed understanding of those higher tiers of personality to the framework Nettle has suggested for the base tier.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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