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Personality/evolutionary psychology/MacDonald: MacDonald (e.g., 1995(1), 1998(2)) has taken a approach similar to Buss (cf. >Personality/Buss, Buss(3)) to explaining the adaptive nature of personality differences and expanded it a step further. He proposed that, in addition to needing to manage the personality differences of others and the ability we have to adopt different strategies, personality variation is important because there are a wide variety of continuously graded niches within our social, ecological and physical environments. Personality differences allow different individuals to be suited to particular niches that others would not be suited for. This is adaptive because it leads to decreased competition, due to greater specialization, and renders the various personality characteristics optimal under differing local conditions. (McDonaldVsBuss). >Niches/evolutionary psychology.

1. MacDonald, K. B. 1995. Evolution, the five-factor model, and levels of personality, Journal of Personality 63: 525–67
2. MacDonald, K. B. 1998. Evolution, culture, and the five-factor model, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 29: 119–49
3. Buss, D. M. and Greiling, H. 1999. Adaptive individual differences, Journal of Personality 67: 209–43

Aurelio José Figueredo, Paul Gladden, Geneva Vásquez, Pedro Sofio, Abril Wolf and Daniel Nelson Jones, “Evolutionary theories of personality”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press

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MacDonald, Kevin B.
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Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

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Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018

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