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Notion of personality very old; Human Nature; Implicit (though
controversial) is perception that we behave in consistent ways (John
is funny, Mary is thoughtful, Bobo is a slob). Most theoretical
perspectives in areas such as clinical, counseling, social,
organizational and developmental psychology are at least partly
dependent on an understanding of personality and human nature. Much
research and argument about the relative importance of personality and
situations on behavior (Mischels 1968 text Personality and
Assessment was very influential. Argued that personality is
unimportant for predicting behavior. Caused a big storm).
Definitions and discussion on this slide is derived from R Hogans
work (socioanalytic theory). Its the external perspective
thats of interest to organizations. There are many other ways
of defining pxy, but this one seems as useful as any for discussing
its relevance for work behaviors.