Title

Evolutionary Perspectives of Personality

Publication Title

Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology

Publication Date

2015

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-12697-5_35

Keywords

Evolutionary psychology, Personality, Individual differences, Five-factor model, GFP Life history theory

Disciplines

Biological Psychology | Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social Psychology

Abstract

Evolutionary psychology is an important meta-theoretical paradigm for understanding universal and sex-differentiated adaptations. Despite this, it remains somewhat ignored within the mainstream study of individual differences. We outline some of the evolutionary approaches that lend to a fuller understanding of individual differences related to personality psychology. This chapter is presented in four main sections: (1) a brief summary of trait-based approaches that have been used to understand human personality, (2) an introduction to some of the evolutionary principles important to understanding behavior, (3) an explication of the function of individual differences within populations and the evolutionary mechanisms that produce such variation, and (4) a review of contemporary evolutionary models of individual differences with particular focus on personality traits.

Publisher

Springer

Publisher Location

Cham, Switzerland

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