Temperament, Development, and Personality

  title={Temperament, Development, and Personality},
  author={Mary K. Rothbart},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={207 - 212}
  • M. Rothbart
  • Published 1 August 2007
  • Psychology
  • Current Directions in Psychological Science
Understanding temperament is central to our understanding of development, and temperament constructs are linked to individual differences in both personality and underlying neural function. In this article, I review findings on the structure of temperament, its relation to the Big Five traits of personality, and its links to development and psychopathology. In addition, I discuss the relation of temperament to conscience, empathy, aggression, and the development of behavior problems, and… 

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