Author: SIMON BOAG, NIKO TILIOPOULOS
Publisher: Nova Science Pub Inc (March 31, 2011)
Since Allport and Vernon‘s assessment of the field over eighty years ago (Allport & Vernon, 1930), the field of personality and individual differences research has expanded enormously. This is particularly so in terms of theoretical development and practical relevance, where the research generated by researchers in this field is distinguished for its contributions to both assessment and application. In fact, personality and individual differences research is relevant to practically every facet of human existence. For instance, since theories of persons either explicitly or implicitly guide clinical work, the field contributes to discussions of understanding abnormal psychology and provides a guide for conceptualising best treatment.
Additionally, the field is relevant to understanding human development across the lifespan, and our understanding of personality and individual differences impacts upon our views of socialisation and interpersonal relations. Furthermore, business and organisations continues to utilise personality and individual differences research since it provides the possibility of predicting performance. Subsequently, it is difficult to overestimate the importance of the research covered in this field.
Concurrently, however, the field of personality and individual differences research is developing in ways that reflect a new appreciation of encompassing a global-context and of possible new approaches to understanding persons. This collection of papers from personality and individual difference researchers highlights social and cultural dimensions of personality and individual differences.