Lars Penke, Jaap Denissen and Geoffrey Miller

Evolution, genes, and inter-disciplinary personality research (authors' reply)

European Journal of Personality

Most commentaries welcomed an evolutionary genetic approach to personality, but several raised concerns about our integrative model. In response, we clarify the scientific status of evolutionary genetic theory and explain the plausibility and value of our evolutionary genetic model of personality, despite some shortcomings with the currently available theories and data. We also have a closer look at mate choice for personality traits, point to promising ways to assess evolutionarily relevant environmental factors and defend higher-order personality domains and the g-factor as the best units for evolutionary genetic analyses. Finally, we discuss which extensions of and alternatives to our model appear most fruitful, and end with a call for more inter-disciplinary personality research grounded in evolutionary theory.