Moving Personality Beyond the Person-Situation Debate

@article{Fleeson2004MovingPB,
  title={Moving Personality Beyond the Person-Situation Debate},
  author={William Fleeson},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  year={2004},
  volume={13},
  pages={83 - 87}
}
  • W. Fleeson
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
The person-situation debate is coming to an end because both sides of the debate have turned out to be right. With respect to momentary behaviors, the situation side is right: Traits do not predict, describe, or influence behavior very strongly; the typical individual's behavior is highly variable; and a process approach is needed to explain that variability. With respect to trends (e.g., a person's typical way of acting), however, the person side of the debate is right: Traits predict and… 

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