Psychologists who study personality are interested in explaining both the coherence of an individual's behavior, attitudes, and emotions, and how that individual may change over time. To paraphrase Clyde Kluckhohn, personality theorists seek to describe and explain how each individual is unique, how groups of people meaningfully differ from one another, and how all people share some attributes. In developing answers to these questions, theorists use widely varying definitions of personality that may differ from the way the term "personality" is used in everyday language. Indeed, if there is a single overriding basic issue in personality theory, it is: What is personality?
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