Ecological Approaches to Personality

Aurelio J Figueredo, Pedro S A Wolf, Paul R. Gladden, Sally Olderbak, Dok J. Andrzejczak, William J Jacobs

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Abstract

This chapter reviews the theoretical arguments and empirical evidence that individual variation in personality and behavior is shaped by a combination of: frequency-dependent niche-splitting, developmental plasticity, genetic diversification, directional social selection, and behavioral flexibility. It argues that extant theory and data are inconsistent with the aim of assigning the evolution of individual differences to any one selective pressure to the exclusion of all others. Instead, the ecological conditions intrinsic to the social circumstances of many species, including humans, favor a combination of these shaping pressures. Thus, the only single superordinate category that includes most of theseconvergent and divergent selective pressures is social selection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780199893485, 9780195372090
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2011

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Keywords

  • Behavioral flexibility
  • Developmental plasticity
  • Directional social selection
  • Frequency-dependent niche-splitting
  • Genetic diversification
  • Individual differences
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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Figueredo, A. J., Wolf, P. S. A., Gladden, P. R., Olderbak, S., Andrzejczak, D. J., & Jacobs, W. J. (2011). Ecological Approaches to Personality. In The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.003.0008

Ecological Approaches to Personality. / Figueredo, Aurelio J; Wolf, Pedro S A; Gladden, Paul R.; Olderbak, Sally; Andrzejczak, Dok J.; Jacobs, William J.

The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Figueredo, AJ, Wolf, PSA, Gladden, PR, Olderbak, S, Andrzejczak, DJ & Jacobs, WJ 2011, Ecological Approaches to Personality. in The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.003.0008
Figueredo AJ, Wolf PSA, Gladden PR, Olderbak S, Andrzejczak DJ, Jacobs WJ. Ecological Approaches to Personality. In The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences. Oxford University Press. 2011 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.003.0008
Figueredo, Aurelio J ; Wolf, Pedro S A ; Gladden, Paul R. ; Olderbak, Sally ; Andrzejczak, Dok J. ; Jacobs, William J. / Ecological Approaches to Personality. The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences. Oxford University Press, 2011.
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