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The emergence of personality: dynamic foundations of individual variation

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Title: The emergence of personality: dynamic foundations of individual variation.
Name(s): Nowak, Andrzej, creator
Vallacher, Robin R., creator
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: single unit
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Extent: 36p.
Language(s): English
Identifier: 2181980 (digitool), FADT2181980 (IID), fau:2616 (fedora), 10.1016/j.dr.2005.10.004 (doi)
FAU Department/College: Department of Psychology Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Note(s): We conceptualize personality and individual variation from the perspective of dynamical systems. Peoples thoughts, feelings, and predispositions for action are inherently dynamic, displaying constant change due to internal mechanisms and external forces, but over time the flow of thought and action converges on a narrow range of states—a fixed-point attractor—that provides cognitive, affective, and behavioral stability. An attractor for personal dynamics develops through two mechanisms: the synchronization of individuals internal states in social interaction, and the self-organization of thoughts and feelings with respect to a higher-order property (e.g., goal, self-concept). We present formal models of both processes and instantiate each in computer simulations. Discussion centers on the implications of interpersonal synchronization and self-organization dynamics for issues in personality psychology, including shared vs. non-shared environmental influences on personality development, the expression of personality in social interaction, personal stability vs. change, personal vs. situational causation, and the emergence of self-concept.
This is the author’s version of a work accepted for publication by Elsevier. Changes resulting from the publishing process, including peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting and other quality control mechanisms, may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. The definitive version has been published and may be cited as Nowak, Andrzej, Robin Vallacher, and Michal Zochowski (2005) The emergence of personality: dynamic foundations of individual variation, Developmental Review 25: 351–385.
Subject(s): Personality.
Social psychology.
Personality development.
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Host Institution: FAU

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