Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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Corresponsive Principle of Personality Development

  • P. D. HarmsEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1855-1



A reciprocal relationship between personality traits and life experiences such that the personality traits that lead an individual to engage in a particular experience are the same traits that are most likely to change as a result of that experience.


The corresponsive principle of personality development is one of several proposed principles of personality development based on empirical research that help to understand the most likely developmental pattern expected by particular life experiences (Caspi et al. 2005; Roberts et al. 2006a). These also include, but are not limited to, the cumulative continuity principle, the maturity principle, the identity development principle, the role continuity principle, and the social investment principle. The corresponsive principle itself concerns personality-environment transactions that involve life experiences. Simply put, the corresponsive principle suggests that the traits that are more...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ManagementUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • John F. Rauthmann
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversität zu LübeckLübeckGermany