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The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences$
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David M. Buss and Patricia H. Hawley

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372090

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372090.001.0001

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Evolutionary Perspectives on the Five-Factor Model of Personality

Evolutionary Perspectives on the Five-Factor Model of Personality

(p.5) 1 Evolutionary Perspectives on the Five-Factor Model of Personality
The Evolution of Personality and Individual Differences

Daniel Nettle

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses how we might affect the marriage—or at least the courtship—of Darwinian theory with an existing empirical framework, namely the five-factor model (FFM) in personality research. Section 2 discusses how inter-individual variation is explained within evolutionary biology in general. It argues that the existence of intra-population phenotypic variation is often (though not always) evidence of a fluctuating selective regime, where certain phenotypic values are sometimes favored and sometimes disfavored. It also argues that the pattern of covariation of individual traits gives us clues about how behaviors are synergistically related to each other or relevant to common situations. Section 3 uses these principles to consider how variation in each of the big five might be understood from an evolutionary perspective. Section 4 briefly discusses what Darwinian thinking suggests in terms of new avenues for empirical work in personality psychology.

Keywords:   personality research, five-factor model, inter-indivual variation, individual traits, evolution, Darwinian theory

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