Personality development: continuity and change over the life course.

  title={Personality development: continuity and change over the life course.},
  author={Dan P. McAdams and Bradley D. Olson},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
The development of personality across the human life course may be observed from three different standpoints: the person as actor (behaving), agent (striving), and author (narrating). Evident even in infancy, broad differences in social action patterns foreshadow the long-term developmental elaboration of early temperament into adult dispositional traits. Research on personal strivings and other motivational constructs provides a second perspective on personality, one that becomes… CONTINUE READING
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