Although the official history of the EAPP started in 1984, it was preceded by the organization of the European Conference on Personality, held in Tilburg (NL), May 17-19, 1982.

The idea for this conference came from Han Bonarius (University of Utrecht, NL), who participated in the organizing committee for the conference together with Guus Van Heck (University of Tilburg, NL; chair of the conference) and Nico Smid (University of Groningen, NL). The conference was hosted by Guus van Heck and Joop Hettema of the Tilburg University.

This Tilburg conference was soon adopted as the first European Conference on Personality. During that conference it was agreed that a European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP) should be founded during the second European Conference on Personality.


Subsequently, the EAPP was founded in Bielefeld on May 19, 1984 during a plenary session, where the first Executive Committee was elected, and where all the attendants could register as founding members. The EAPP was notarially established in Groningen (NL), on September 6, 1984.