Episodes

#10 The past, present, and controversies of personality trait psychology with Jeff McCrae

René Mõttus spoke with one of the most influential personality psychologists in recent decades, Robert „Jeff“ McCrae. They discussed the history and achievements of personality trait psychology and some of the key questions still awaiting an answer. They also spoke about an early „conspiracy“ among the Big Five enthusiasts to promote the trait model and the most controversial aspect of the Five-Factor Theory – lack of direct influences of life experiences on personality traits.

Robert McCrae, Ph.D.

#10 The past, present, and controversies of personality trait psychology with Jeff McCrae Personality Psychology Podcast

Key References

McCrae, R. R., & Costa, P. T. (1987). Validation of the five-factor model of personality across instruments and observers. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 52(1), 81–90. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.52.1.81

McCrae, R. R. (1994). Openness to Experience: Expanding the boundaries of Factor V. European Journal of Personality8, 251-272. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2410080404

McCrae, R. R., Terracciano, A., & 78 Members of the Personality Profiles of Cultures Project. (2005). Universal Features of Personality Traits From the Observer’s Perspective: Data From 50 Cultures. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 88(3), 547–561. https://doi.org/10.1037/0022-3514.88.3.547

#9 Narcissism with Mitja Back, Carolyn Morf, and Joshua Miller

In this episode, Rebekka Weidmann talked with Mitja Back, Carolyn Morf, and Joshua Miller about narcissism—what it is, how it manifests in people’s lives, whether it changes, and common misconceptions about narcissism.

Mitja Back, PhD
Carolyn Morf, PhD
Joshua Miller, PhD

#9 Narcissism with Mitja Back, Carolyn Morf, and Joshua Miller Personality Psychology Podcast

Key References

Back, M. D. (2018). The Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Concept. In A. D. Hermann, A. Brunell, & J. Foster (Eds.), The Handbook of trait narcissism: Key advances, research methods, and controversies (pp. 57-67). New York, NY: Springer.

Morf, C. C., Schürch, E., Küfner, A., Siegrist, P., Vater, A., Back, M., … & Schröder-Abé, M. (2017). Expanding the nomological net of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory: German validation and extension in a clinical inpatient sample. Assessment, 24(4), 419-443. https://doi.org/10.1177/1073191115627010

Miller, J. D., Lynam, D. R., Hyatt, C. S., & Campbell, W. K. (2017). Controversies in narcissism. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 13, 291–315. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-clinpsy-032816-045244


#8 Morality and moral development with Jessie Sun

In this episode, Lisanne de Moor talked with Jessie Sun about morality and moral development, and how to conceptualize and measure it in research. In addition, they discussed some of Jessie’s past, ongoing, and upcoming research, and the major challenges she sees in moving forward.

Jessie Sun, PhD

#8 Morality and moral development with Jessie Sun Personality Psychology Podcast

Key References

Sun, J., & Goodwin, G. P. (2020). Do people want to be more moral?. Psychological science, 31(3), 243-257. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797619893078

Meindl, P., & Graham, J. (2014). Know thy participant: The trouble with nomothetic assumptions in moral psychology. Advances in experimental moral psychology, 233-252.https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.700.6349&rep=rep1&type=pdf


#7 Personality development with Ted Schwaba, Eva Asselmann, and Chris Soto

In this episode, Rebekka Weidmann talked with Ted Schwaba, Eva Asselmann, and Chris Soto about their research on personality development across the lifespan, the importance of personality for life outcomes, and the emerging study of social, emotional, and behavioral skills.

Ted Schwaba, PhD
Eva Asselmann, PhD
Chris Soto, PhD

#7 Personality development with Ted Schwaba, Eva Asselmann, and Chris Soto Personality Psychology Podcast

Key References

Schwaba, T., Bleidorn, W., Hopwood, C. J., Gebauer, J. E., Rentfrow, P. J., Potter, J., & Gosling, S. D. (2021). The impact of childhood lead exposure on adult personality: Evidence from the United States, Europe, and a large-scale natural experiment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences118(29).  https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2020104118 Openly accessible pre-print: https://psyarxiv.com/nxdca

Asselmann, E., & Specht, J. (2021). Personality maturation and personality relaxation: Differences of the Big Five personality traits in the years around the beginning and ending of working life. Journal of Personality. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12640

Soto, C. J., Napolitano, C. M., & Roberts, B. W. (2021). Taking skills seriously: Toward an integrative model and agenda for social, emotional, and behavioral skills. Current Directions in Psychological Science30(1), 26-33. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721420978613


#6 A chat with Joanne Chung

In this episode, Lisanne de Moor talks with Joanne Chung about how she became interested in personality psychology, her past, present, and future work, and creating spaces and recognizing different voices in our work as personality scientists.

Joanne Chung, PhD

#6 A chat with Joanne Chung Personality Psychology Podcast

Key References

ARP Conference in July: https://www.personality-arp.org/conference/ 

Arshad, M., & Chung, J. M. (2021, April 29). Practical Recommendations for Considering Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Personality Psychology. https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/bjgh4

Chung, J. M., Meijer, l., Zonneveld, R., Sawaf, Z. A., Alajak, K., Moopen, N., … Laceulle, O. (2021, February 16). Initial Insights From a Study of Emotions and Positive Personality Change in Syrian Origin Young Adults Who Have Recently Resettled in the Netherlands. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/xvqrs


#5 Subjective well-being with Susanne Bücker, Richard Lucas, and Samantha Heintzelman

In this episode, Rebekka Weidmann talked to Susanne Bücker, Richard Lucas, and Samantha Heintzelman about subjective well-being across the life span, factors that can change the well-being of people including the pandemic, and typical misconceptions that people might hold.

Susanne Bücker, PhD
Richard E. Lucas, PhD
Samantha J. Heintzelman, PhD

#5 Subjective well-being with Susanne Bücker, Rich Lucas, and Samantha Heintzelman Personality Psychology Podcast

Key References

Buecker, S., Denissen, J. J. A., & Luhmann, M. (2020). A propensity-score matched study of changes in loneliness surrounding major life events. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000373

Diener, E., Lucas, R. E., Oishi, S., Hall, N., & Donnellan, M. B. (2018). Advances and open questions in the science of subjective well-being. Collabra: Psychology, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.115

Heintzelman, S. J., Kushlev, K., Lutes, L. D., Wirtz, D., Kanippayoor, J. M., Leitner, D., Oishi, S., & Diener, E. (2020). ENHANCE: Evidence for the efficacy of a comprehensive intervention program to promote subjective well-being. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 26(2), 360–383. https://doi.org/10.1037/xap0000254


#4 Personality in the work context with Joanna Sosnowska

In this episode, Joanna Sosnowska and René Mõttus discuss dynamic models of personality and their usefulness for describing and understanding the psychology of workplace. The discussion is partly based on a recent paper Joanna and her colleagues published in the European Journal of Personality, as well as an upcoming special issue co-edited by Joanna (to be published in July in the European Journal of Personality).

Joanna Sosnowska, PhD

#4 Personality in the work context with Joanna Sosnowska Personality Psychology Podcast

Key Reference

Sosnowska, J., Kuppens, P., De Fruyt, F., & Hofmans, J. (2020). New directions in the conceptualization and assessment of personality—A dynamic systems approach. European Journal of Personality, 34(6), 988-998. https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2233

Discussed Literature

Sosnowska, J., Hofmans, J., Rauthmann, J., & Wille, B. (in press) Personality dynamics in applied contexts [special issue]. European Journal of Personality. To be published in July, 2021


#3 Personality structure and change with Emorie Beck

In this episode, we hear a presentation by Emorie Beck on her research on nomothetic and idiographic approaches to personality structure and change, couched in a historical perspective.

Emorie Beck, PhD

#3 Personality structure and change with Emorie Beck Personality Psychology Podcast

Presentation Script

Key Reference

Beck, E. D., & Jackson, J. J. (2020a). Idiographic traits: A return to Allportian approaches to personality. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 29(3), 301-308. https://psyarxiv.com/r8xfh.

Discussed Literature


#2 Personalized approaches to personality with Aidan Wright

For this episode, Lisanne de Moor talked to Aidan Wright about how personality can be measured from a more personalized angle, what such an approach can contribute to personality science, and what are some of the challenges that he sees for moving this research forward.

Aidan Wright, PhD

#2 Personalized approaches to personality with Aidan Wright Personality Psychology Podcast

Key Reference

Discussed Literature

Leary, T. (1957). The interpersonal diagnosis of personality: a functional theory and methodology for personality evaluation. Ronald Press


#1 Introducing personality psychology with Julia Rohrer and Jaap Denissen

Welcome to our podcast! For this episode, René Mõttus talked to Julia Rohrer and Jaap Denissen about what personality is, how personality psychology is unique as a field, and what its most significant achievements have been so far—but also what is still puzzling and what can be improved for the future.

Julia Rohrer, PhD
Jaap Denissen, PhD

#1 Introducing personality psychology with Julia Rohrer & Jaap Denissen Personality Psychology Podcast

Key References

Rohrer, J. M. (2018). Thinking clearly about correlations and causation: Graphical causal models for observational data. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(1), 27-42. https://doi.org/10.1177/2515245917745629

Denissen, J. J., Luhmann, M., Chung, J. M., & Bleidorn, W. (2019). Transactions between life events and personality traits across the adult lifespan. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 116(4), 612-633. https://doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000196

Discussed Literature

Allport, G. (1937). Personality: A psychological interpretation. New York: Henry Holt. Online Access

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