Unfolding personalities: the importance of studying ontogeny.

@article{Groothuis2011UnfoldingPT,
  title={Unfolding personalities: the importance of studying ontogeny.},
  author={Ton G. G. Groothuis and Fritz Trillmich},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={2011},
  volume={53 6},
  pages={
          641-55
        }
}
We aim to stimulate an ontogenetic approach to personalities. We explain the importance of studying development for understanding proximate and ultimate aspects of personality and critically discuss, partly by perhaps provocative statements, our current lack of knowledge and potential approaches to the study of personality development. We first clarify some terminology and argue for a difference between behavioral profiles (BP; at the descriptive level) and personality (at the explanatory level… 

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