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date: 14 October 2019

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Lewin’s fundamental proposition that psychological events depend on the person and on the environment, although their relative importance may vary, launched the first edition of the Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. The bridges between personality and social psychology are continued and expanded in this edition. This chapter presents the rationale for interactionist perspectives spanning personality and social psychology. The ways this rationale has evolved and research has developed in the years that have intervened since the first edition are noted. Previewed are the ways in which the handbook contributors explore the historical, conceptual, methodological, and empirical foundations for, and the theoretical and practical benefits of, such bridges across a broad range of domains of individual and social functioning. These explorations provide new and rich understandings that promise to advance the state of personality, social psychology, and their integration.

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

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