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Dan P. McAdams

Dan P. McAdams

American psychologist
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Intro American psychologist
Countries United States of America
Occupations Psychologist
Gender male
Birth 7 February 1954 (Lynwood)
Star sign Aquarius
Education Harvard University, Valparaiso University
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Biography

Dan P. McAdams (born February 7, 1954) is a professor and chair of the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University.

He was raised in Gary, Indiana, where he attended nearby Valparaiso University. In 1979 he was awarded a Ph.D. from the Harvard Department of Social Relations.

McAdams is the author of The Person: An Introduction to the Science of Personality Psychology, a classroom textbook. He co-edited, with Amia Lieblich and Ruthellen Josselson, the eleven-book series "The Narrative Study of Lives". He is a member of The Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

Three Levels of Personality

His three level model of personality has been widely cited and was used in The Happiness Hypothesis book. The three levels are :

  1. Dispositional traits, a person’s general tendencies. For example, the Big Five personality traits lists: Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Neuroticism.
  2. Characteristic adaptations, a person’s desires, beliefs, concerns, and coping mechanisms.
  3. Life stories, the stories that give a life a sense of unity, meaning, and purpose. This is known as Narrative identity.

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http://web.lemoyne.edu/~hevern/narpsych/nr-theorists-mno.html
http://www.wcas.northwestern.edu/psych/people/faculty/faculty_individual_pages/McAdams.htm
https://web.archive.org/web/20130102110821/http://groups.northwestern.edu/upa/faculty.html
http://groups.northwestern.edu/upa/faculty.html
https://www.amazon.com/Dan-P.-McAdams/e/B001IO9RC4
http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/foley/
http://bfi.uchicago.edu/humcap/members/mcadams_d.shtml
http://www.sesp.northwestern.edu/docs/publications/557464623490a3fc35faeb.pdf
https://scholar.google.com/scholar?cites=2659732702903530356&as_sdt=40000005&sciodt=0,22&hl=en
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