Personality: Current Controversies, Issues, and Directions

Personality: Current Controversies, Issues, and Directions This review of personality theory and research focuses on current controversies and issues. Perhaps the best way to set the tone for such discussion is considera­ tion of past relevant chapters. Reviewing chapters over the past decade leads one to the conclusion that generally all is not well in personality psychology, though some think things may be getting better. With the exception of Carl­ son's (1975) suggestion of the beginning of a major turnaround in appreciating the complexity of personality, and Helson & Mitchell' s ( 1978) suggestion that we are extending our research and enriching our paradigms, most reviewers have been rather pessimistic about the field. Thus, for example, Sechrest (1976) suggests that personality theory is in sad shape and Phares & Lamiell ( 1 977) suggest that the field is in a period of crisis. In the last review, Loevinger & Knoll ( 1 983) appear to take a dim view of how much the field has advanced 0066-4308/85/020 1 -0083$02.00 PERVIN and, following Meehl (1 978), question whether a really impressive theory of personality is possible. Rorer & Widiger ( 1 983), in their review of personality structure and assessment, appear to be both more http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Annual Review of Psychology Annual Reviews

Personality: Current Controversies, Issues, and Directions

Annual Review of Psychology, Volume 36 (1) – Feb 1, 1985

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Annual Reviews
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Copyright 1985 Annual Reviews. All rights reserved
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Review Articles
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0066-4308
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1545-2085
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10.1146/annurev.ps.36.020185.000503
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This review of personality theory and research focuses on current controversies and issues. Perhaps the best way to set the tone for such discussion is considera­ tion of past relevant chapters. Reviewing chapters over the past decade leads one to the conclusion that generally all is not well in personality psychology, though some think things may be getting better. With the exception of Carl­ son's (1975) suggestion of the beginning of a major turnaround in appreciating the complexity of personality, and Helson & Mitchell' s ( 1978) suggestion that we are extending our research and enriching our paradigms, most reviewers have been rather pessimistic about the field. Thus, for example, Sechrest (1976) suggests that personality theory is in sad shape and Phares & Lamiell ( 1 977) suggest that the field is in a period of crisis. In the last review, Loevinger & Knoll ( 1 983) appear to take a dim view of how much the field has advanced 0066-4308/85/020 1 -0083$02.00 PERVIN and, following Meehl (1 978), question whether a really impressive theory of personality is possible. Rorer & Widiger ( 1 983), in their review of personality structure and assessment, appear to be both more

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