Recent years have witnessed the ascendance of a new way to conceptualize and investigate the nature of dynamism at different levels of psychological reality. Areas of inquiry as diverse as cognitive neuroscience, developmental psychology, organizational behavior, and political sociology are being reframed in terms that allow rigorous and precise insight into basic dynamic processes. There are signs that this new approach to dynamics is emerging as a potentially integrative paradigm for personality and social psychology as well. This special issue highlights this new paradigm and illustrates its relevance to a broad spectrum of topics in personality and social psychology.

chapter |10 pages

The Dynamical Perspective in Personality and Social Psychology

ByRobin R. Vallacher, Stephen J. Read, Andrzej Nowak

chapter |9 pages

Emotional Gestalts: Appraisal, Change, and the Dynamics of Affect

ByPaul Thagard, Josef Nerb

chapter |9 pages

Stereotype Change in a Recurrent Network

BySarah Queller

chapter |15 pages

A General Systems Theory of Marriage: Nonlinear Difference Equation Modeling of Marital Interaction

ByJohn Gottman, Catherine Swanson, Kristin Swanson

chapter |6 pages

Beyond Geography: Cooperation with Persistent Links in the Absence of Clustered Neighborhoods

ByRobert Axelrod, Rick L. Riolo, Michael D. Cohen

chapter |10 pages

Dynamical Evolutionary Psychology: Mapping the Domains of the New Interactionist Paradigm

ByDouglas T. Kenrick, Jon K. Maner, Jon Butner, Norman P. Li, D. Vaughn Becker, Mark Schaller

chapter |13 pages

Virtual Personalities: A Neural Network Model of Personality

ByStephen J. Read, Lynn C. Miller

chapter |10 pages

The Dynamics of Self-Evaluation

ByRobin R. Vallacher, Andrzej Nowak, Michael Froehlich, Matthew Rockloff

chapter |8 pages

Dynamical Patterns in Bipolar Depression

BySheri L. Johnson, Andrzej Nowak