The Concepts of Personality and Temperament

  • Willem K. B. Hofstee
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


This chapter is about the conceptual relation between personality and temperament. I propose to define the psychology of personality as the study of traits. I argue against both social and biological conceptions of personality in the context of the psychological subdiscipline of personality. In attempting a restoration of the orthodox personological approach, I enlist the aid of temperamentalists on the one hand, but go against tendencies to explain temperament in biological terms on the other.


Individual Difference Application Perspective Singular Proposition Personality Psychology Personnel Selection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem K. B. Hofstee
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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