Toward a structure- and process-integrated view of personality: traits as density distribution of states.

  title={Toward a structure- and process-integrated view of personality: traits as density distribution of states.},
  author={William Fleeson},
  journal={Journal of personality and social psychology},
  volume={80 6},
  • W. Fleeson
  • Published 1 June 2001
  • Psychology
  • Journal of personality and social psychology
Three experience-sampling studies explored the distributions of Big-Five-relevant states (behavior) across 2 to 3 weeks of everyday life. Within-person variability was high, such that the typical individual regularly and routinely manifested nearly all levels of all traits in his or her everyday behavior. Second, individual differences in central tendencies of behavioral distributions were almost perfectly stable. Third, amount of behavioral variability (and skew and kurtosis) were revealed as… 

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