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Personality/Funder/Saucier: Funder 1997)(1): Funder’s definition focuses on ‘characteristic patterns’ without specifying whether the patterns primarily inhere within the individual or exist at the interface between the individual and his/her interpersonal environment. Nor does it specify whether the ‘mechanisms’ are within the person or between persons. This ambiguity helps this definition to be comprehensive with respect to other definitions. For example, fifty distinct meanings of ‘personality’ were reviewed by Allport (1937)(2) in a classic early textbook. These diverse meanings can be arrayed in a continuum ranging from one’s externally observable manner to one’s internal self, and the entire continuum might fit within Funder’s definition.


1. Funder, D. C. 1997. The personality puzzle. New York: Norton
2. Allport, G. W. 1937. Personality: a psychological interpretation. New York: Holt


Gerard Saucier, „Semantic and linguistic aspects of personality“, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press


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Funder, David C.
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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