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Most Underappreciated50 Prominent Social Psychologists Describe Their Most Unloved Work$
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Robert Arkin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199778188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.001.0001

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Most Cited, Least Read?

Most Cited, Least Read?

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Most Underappreciated
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Walter Mischel

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199778188.003.0001

Walter Mischel describes his most underappreciated work: Personality and Assessment. The 1968 monograph called attention to the disappointing results of global trait-based personality assessment research at the time, bringing the author quick fame and infamy at the same time. It was published on a back page of Contemporary Psychology, in a short review titled “Personality Unvanquished,” but within a year the “person versus the situation debate” exploded and dominated much of the agenda in personality and social psychology. The book remains widely cited, with more than 2,500 citations, is still republished, and has been praised and hated for decades. Mischel also talks about the lesson to be learned from the controversy triggered by his book.

Keywords:   Walter Mischel, Personality and Assessment, personality assessment research, Contemporary Psychology, person, situation, personality, personality psychology

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