Emergent integration in contemporary personality psychology

Charles S. Carver

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I argue that a good deal of integration is taking place within personality psychology today, prompted in part by researchers taking fresh looks at ideas that have been around for some time. I illustrate this assertion by describing several examples of re-emergent ideas. One re-emergent idea which finds applications many areas of personality and social psychology is the notion that human beings have distinct approach and avoidance systems. Another set of ideas that is re-emerging is psychoanalytic theory, a phenomenon that is attributable in part to an enhanced realization of this theory's roots in evolutionary theory. A third re-emergent theme (again with many applications) is that personality is social. Fresh looks at these various ideas provide active research areas, but also provide new lenses to use in viewing other research areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-334
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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