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Myths of Childhood by Joel Paris

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Personality and Psychopathology

image  What Is Personality?

Situations change, but personality endures. Technically, the term personality refers to patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion that are unique to the individual and are consistent in many different contexts. Personality traits, an amalgam of heredity and experience, should be distinguished from temperament, the genetic matrix on which traits develop.

Many personality traits can be observed early in life, and there is a large degree of continuity between behavior in childhood and adulthood (Caspi & Roberts, 1999). Over the course of adulthood, traits become much more constant. ...

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