Most knowledge of personality is based on evidence obtained from self-report measures.  Unfortunately, there is only a modest correlation between the ways in which people describe themselves and the ways in which they are perceived by others. The research being conducted in our lab began several years ago as an exploration of discrepancies between self-report and informant measures in the assessment of personality and personality disorders.  It has evolved into an extensive investigation of interpersonal perception for personality traits. We are studying ways in which people see themselves, ways in which they are seen by other people, and their beliefs about what other people think of them. These studies lie directly at the intersection between basic science and clinical research.  They depend heavily on methods and concepts developed by investigators studying interpersonal perception. It is also concerned with the impact of personality traits on functional outcomes in people’s lives.

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