This paper contains the presidential address of the 7th Conference of the European Association for Personality Psychology (EAPP), Madrid, July 12–16, 1994.
Who should own the definition of personality?†
Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
Copyright © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 8, Issue 3, pages 149–162, September 1994
How to Cite
Hofstee, W. K. B. (1994), Who should own the definition of personality?. Eur. J. Pers., 8: 149–162. doi: 10.1002/per.2410080302
- Issue published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Article first published online: 22 FEB 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 13 JUN 1994
The averaged judgment of knowledgeable others provides the best available point of reference both for the definition of personality structure in general and for assessing someone's personality in particular. Self-judgments, as in personality questionnaires, are intrinsically deficient because judgment errors cannot be averaged out. The recommended procedure for assessing someone's personality is to give a personality questionnaire, phrased in the third person singular, to those who know the target best. This set may or may not include the target person as a judge.