Foundations of Personality

  • Joop Hettema
  • Ian J. Deary

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 72)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. John C. Loehlin
    Pages 67-71
  3. Hans J. Eysenck
    Pages 71-72
  4. Guus L. Van Heck
    Pages 101-111
  5. Alois Angleitner
    Pages 191-193
  6. David M. Buss
    Pages 193-196
  7. Willem K. B. Hofstee
    Pages 219-226
  8. Gian Vittorio Caprara
    Pages 249-250
  9. Norman S. Endler
    Pages 251-268
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 275-281

About this book


Differences between people are a fascinating and long-standing area of psychological inquiry. However, previous research has largely been confined to studies at the descriptive level. This book tries to explain individual difference, rather than merely describe them. Explanations are derived from two major competing frameworks: the biological and social approaches to individuality. The book is based on the contributions of specialists from Europe and North America invited to represent the biological and social points of view. Thus, a direct confrontation is obtained of two approaches that, hitherto, have proceeded with virtually no reference to each other. Attention is paid to behavior genetics, psychophysiology and temperament, as well as to social learning, behavioral strategies and person-environment interactions. Differences and commonalities between the biological and social approaches are scrutinized and a common framework is outlined to stimulate future research. Due to its innovative character, the book is particularly relevant for investigators in the field. In addition, it may be fruitfully used in advanced graduate level courses in personality psychology.


Gender Nation Temperament attention biology character environment evolution evolutionary psychology physiology

Editors and affiliations

  • Joop Hettema
    • 1
  • Ian J. Deary
    • 2
  1. 1.Tilburg UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of EdinburghUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-4725-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-1660-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-123X
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