The personality systems framework: Current theory and development

Academic Article


  • The personality systems framework is a fieldwide outline for organizing the contemporary science of personality. I examine the theoretical impact of systems thinking on the discipline and, drawing on ideas from general systems theory, argue that personality psychologists understand individuals’ personalities by studying four topics: (a) personality’s definition, (b) personality’s parts (e.g., traits, schemas, etc.), (c) its organization and (d) development. This framework draws on theories from the field to create a global view of personality including its position and major areas of function. The global view gives rise to new theories such as personal intelligence—the idea that people guide themselves with a broad intelligence they use to reason about personalities. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)
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    Publication Date

  • June 2015
  • Has Subject Area

    Published In


  • General systems theory
  • Personal intelligence
  • Personality psychology
  • Personality structure
  • Personality systems framework
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 4
  • End Page

  • 14
  • Volume

  • 56