Personality assessment in daily life: A roadmap for future personality development research

Mathias Allemand, Matthias R. Mehl

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

14 Scopus citations


Personality can be assessed from multiple perspectives using various methods in laboratory settings and daily life contexts. The goal of this chapter is to discuss personality assessment in daily life as a complement to traditional assessment methods in the field of personality development. The first part of this chapter emphasizes the relevance of studying personality change processes under real-life and real-time conditions. The second part focuses on conceptualizing personality traits and their state manifestations as units of analysis. The third part discusses personality in contexts and distinguishes different levels of person and context specificity that may have important implications for the assessment. The fourth part gives a nontechnical overview about selected methods for assessing personality manifestations and change processes in everyday life and discusses psychological and technological assessment advances to provide valuable personality data. The final part presents future directions for the field of personality development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPersonality Development Across the Lifespan
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780128047613
ISBN (Print)9780128046746
StatePublished - Apr 14 2017


  • Ambulatory assessment
  • Daily experience and behavior
  • Electronically activated recorder
  • Environment and life contexts
  • Online behavior
  • Personality assessment
  • Personality processes
  • Personality traits
  • Real-life and real-time
  • Smartphone sensing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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