Personality psychology had its origins in people who sought answers to big quesitons. A 2007 article from the laboratory surveyed the intellectual history of the big questions that inspired the discipline, and 20 questions were identified that were most important to the field. Of these, four in particular seemed especially pertinent.
To hear a bit about the study, try this audio-narrated slide show in powerpoint.
Mayer, John D., "The Big Questions of Personality Psychology" (2008). UNH Personality Lab. 1.
© Copyright 2008 John D. Mayer