Measurable Like Temperature or Mereological Like Flocking? On the Nature of Personality Traits
Article first published online: 26 JUL 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Special Issue: European Personality Review 2012
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 451–459, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Cramer, A. O. J., van der Sluis, S., Noordhof, A., Wichers, M., Geschwind, N., Aggen, S. H., Kendler, K. S. and Borsboom, D. (2012), Measurable Like Temperature or Mereological Like Flocking? On the Nature of Personality Traits. Eur. J. Pers., 26: 451–459. doi: 10.1002/per.1879
- Issue published online: 26 JUL 2012
- Article first published online: 26 JUL 2012
- NWO Innovational Research. Grant Number: 451-03-068
- NWO/MaGW. Grant Number: VENI-451-08-025 and VIDI-016-065-318
- latent trait perspective;
- personality traits;
- network models
Some commentators wholeheartedly disagreed with the central tenet of the network perspective on personality, namely that traits are the result of mutual interactions between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. In this rejoinder, we primarily focus on these commentaries by (i) clarifying the main differences between the latent versus the network view on traits; (ii) discussing some of the arguments in favour of the latent trait views that were put forward by these commentators; and by (iii) comparing the capacity of both views to explain thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Some commentators were by and large positive about the network perspective, and we discuss their excellent suggestions for defining components and linking these to genes and other biological mechanisms. We conclude that no doors should be closed in the study of personality and that, as such, alternative theories such as the network perspective should be welcomed, formalised and tested. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.