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date: 24 January 2020

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Building on Lewin’s fundamental proposition that “Every psychological event depends upon the state of the person and at the same time on the environment, although their relative importance is different in different cases” (B = f [P, E]; Lewin, 1936, p. 12), this Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology develops the bridges between personality and social psychology. In this opening chapter of the Handbook, we lay out the rationale for and the benefits of interactionist perspectives that span the perspectives of personality and social psychology. In addition, we preview the ways in which the contributors to this Handbook explore the historical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical foundations for such bridges across a broad range of domains of individual and social functioning. From these explorations, we gain new and rich understandings that promise to advance the state of personality, social psychology, and their integration.

Keywords: persons, situations, B = f (PE), historical foundations, conceptual foundations, methodological foundations, interactionist perspectives

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