Donald W. Fiske's professional life and collaborations are themselves a textbook in the development of the field of personality. From the field's early origins in personnel selection, rating accuracy, and psychotherapy outcomes, to its current status of theoretical and methodological maturity -- complete with mid-life crises -- the field has been fundamentally changed by Fiske's work, and the changes have influenced generations of scholars.

This festschrift is a celebration of Fiske's impact, but not merely of his impact on the history of personality research. Instead, the volume focuses on ongoing debates and issues that have been framed or influenced by Fiske's work. The festschrift's three sections are organized around three themes in Fiske's writings -- themes that also correspond to three periods in his career.

This volume examines current thinking about what can be known about personality, how constructs relevant to personality psychology are best measured, and how to approach specific research problems in personality and related fields. The contributors create an eminent cross-section of the development and current status of personality methods. In addition to Fiske's eminent contemporaries, the contributors to this volume include Fiske's former students, collaborators, and his two children, both of whom are behavioral scientists. The accomplishments of his students, colleagues, and children testifies to the range of psychologists who have benefited from his scholarly and practical wisdom.

This collection is a valuable textbook for an advanced graduate course as well as appealing as a scholarly resource. Many of the contributors are renown psychological leaders who have made available their latest original thoughts. The book concludes with an essay by Fiske offering his perspective on the central themes: behavioral and social science metatheory, methods, and strategies.

part |1 pages

Metatheory in Personality and Behavioral Research: Critiques of Theoretical Approaches to Behavioral Research

chapter |9 pages

Whither or Wither Personality Research

ByPhilip Holzman, Jerome Kagan

chapter |10 pages

The Validity of Scientific Quality

ByLouis Fogg

part |1 pages

Measuring the Concepts of Personality: Analysis and Interpretation of Multitrait-Multimethod Matrices and Observer Consensus

chapter |14 pages

Measuring the Degree of Consensus in Personality Judgments

ByPatrick E. Shrout

chapter |13 pages

Giving Method Variance Its Due

ByLee J. Cronbach

part |1 pages

Strategies for Personality Research: A Focus on Subjects' and Observers' Responses to the Measurement Process

chapter |21 pages

Item Response Theory in Personality Research

ByLynne Steinberg, David Thissen

chapter |19 pages

Self-Knowledge of Psychological States: The Status of Subjects' Accounts

ByPaul F. Secord, John D. Greenwood

chapter |19 pages

Words! Words! Words! 1 Confronting the Problem in Observations

BySusan T. Fiske

chapter |16 pages

Individual Differences in Face-to-Face Interaction

BySrarkey Duncan

chapter |17 pages

Principles for Designing Studies of the Process and Efficacy of Psychotherapies

ByLester Luborsky, Donald W. Fiske

chapter |19 pages

On the Measurement of Competence Motivation

ByDorcas Susan Butt

chapter |15 pages

Conceptualizing and Measuring Sexual Self-Esteem

ByPamela A. Gaynor, Judy K. Underwood

part |1 pages

Closing Remarks

chapter |11 pages

Reprise, New Themes, and Steps Forward

ByDonald W. Fiske