Evolutionary perspective

Bianca L. Kahl, Phillip Kavanagh

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An evolutionary perspective of personality and individual differences proposes that our personalities and individual differences have evolved, in part, to provide us with some form of adaptive advantage in the context of survival and reproduction. This perspective is an evolutionary psychology perspective, which in itself is based on biological evolutionary theory. Evolutionary psychology integrates psychological theory with evolutionary biology, in an effort to understand traits, cognition, and behaviors, and how individuals may differ across these in light of achieving their evolutionary goals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences
EditorsVirgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319280998
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameEncyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences


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