I would like to thank Bob Emmons, Dan McAdams, and two anonymous reviewers for their helpful feedback on an earlier draft of this article.
The Personal Script as a Unit of Analysis for the Study of Personality
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 63, Issue 3, pages 569–592, September 1995
How to Cite
Demorest, A. P. (1995), The Personal Script as a Unit of Analysis for the Study of Personality. Journal of Personality, 63: 569–592. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1995.tb00506.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received May 1994; revised December 1994.
ABSTRACT This article presents the construct of a “personal script” as an important variable for the study of personality. Personal scripts are construals that individuals form to understand and deal with personally significant experiences of living. A number of differences are outlined between the personal script construct and the field's more predominant trait construct. It is argued that the personal script construct can provide new perspectives on questions which have been addressed previously by the trait construct having to do with personality description. This claim is illustrated with two studies, one addressing the issue of group differences using a nomothetic method of personal script assessment, and the other addressing the issue of personal consistency using an idiographic method of personal script assessment. It is further suggested that the personal script construct can also allow researchers to ask new questions having to do with the dynamics of personality development and change.