Outline of a General Emotion-Based Theory of Temperament

  • Albert Mehrabian
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


Any theory of personality which is to be comprehensive must provide answers to the following questions. The first set of three contemporaneous questions addresses the interrelationships among behavioral, personality, and situational variables: (1) How is behavior a function of personality? (2) How is behavior a function of situation? (3) How is behavior a function of the interaction of personality and situation? The second set of longitudinal questions addresses issues of development and modification of personality over time: (4) How does personality develop over time? (5) What interventions are needed to modify personality?


Nonverbal Communication Information Rate Personality Measure Temperament Characteristic Major Depression Inventory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Albert Mehrabian
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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