About the Personality of psychology research section
The scientific study of personality introduces systematic drive to describe and understand the patterns in cognition, perception and behaviour of people in their everyday life. Current psychological research of personality concentrates not only on individual subsystems of personality (temperament, self-concept, motivation) but also on their relationships in the context of personal dynamics and structure. The goal of the research is to understand the functioning of personality as an integrated whole grounded in wide variety of social contexts.
The research programme of the department is oriented toward traditional topics of personality psychology (personality structure and its stability, self-concept, motivation, lifelong development of individual), while it also reflects new trends in personality research and new approaches to traditional topics (spirituality as a sixth factor of personality, motivational paradigm in personality approach, personality coherence). The research also considers specificity of national context (post-totalitarian symptoms) and wide socio-political connections (psychological predispositions for democracy).
The research topics and with it the related specific projects are chosen with regards to their importance in a world context, tradition of the institute and personal interests of researchers. The individual topics are interconnected and several of them are solved in cooperation with other departments of the institute (such as well-being, coping with stress). The results of the research also have practical use, such as in the field of improving the quality of life or prevention of risk behaviour of adolescence.