A System-Topics Framework for the Study of Personality

Academic Article


  • Proposes the system-topics framework for the organization of personality psychology. The proposal borrows key concepts from general systems theory to encompass both personality theory and research. It is argued that a complex system can be described by dividing it into 3 basic topics of system exposition: its components, how these components are organized, and how the components and organization change over time. The framework is intended to accommodate both the elements of specific theories in personality psychology (e.g., psychodynamic, humanistic) and contemporary research in the field both related and unrelated to those theories. Examples are provided of how the framework might be applied. Its potential strengths and weaknesses are evaluated. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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    Publication Date

  • October 1993
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 99
  • End Page

  • 123
  • Volume

  • 13
  • Issue

  • 2