A neo-socioanalytic model of personality development

Christopher D. Nye, Brent W. Roberts

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Research consistently shows that personality traits are relatively stable and yet still change over the life course. This research also suggests that investing in adult social roles can help to facilitate these processes. This chapter explores the mechanisms for personality trait stability and change in the work context. Specifically, we describe a model that emphasizes the importance of the fit between an individual’s personality and his or her job and elaborates on the ways that individual experiences and interactions with the work environment can influence personality. We discuss the implications of this model for both individuals and for organizations looking to develop employees with the characteristics necessary to perform well on the job. In addition, we also discuss future directions for research on this topic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWork Across the Lifespan
EditorsBoris B Baltes, Cort W Rudolph, Hannes Zacher
PublisherAcademic Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780128127568
ISBN (Print)9780128127575
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Adult personality development
  • Neo-socioanalytic model
  • Person-environment fit
  • Workplace interactions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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