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Basic definitions in personality psychology: Challenges for conceptual integrations

Basic definitions in personality psychology: Challenges for conceptual integrations

Uher, Jana ORCID: 0000-0003-2450-4943 (2017) Basic definitions in personality psychology: Challenges for conceptual integrations. European Journal of Personality, 31 (5). pp. 572-573. ISSN 0890-2070 (Print), 1099-0984 (Online) (doi:

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Personality psychology is fragmented across heterogeneous subfields each focussing on particular aspects of individuals and from particular paradigmatic perspectives. Attempts for integration into overarching theories as that presented in the target article are therefore important. But the ideas proposed build on vague and often circular definitions of basic terms and concepts that hamper advancement and integration. My critique from philosophy-of-science perspectives pinpoints central problems and presents alternative concepts to help overcome them. A metatheoretical definition highlights the core ideas underlying common personality concepts and opens new avenues for conceptual integration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Personality, Personality differences, Development, processes, Structure, Traits, Profile, Personality profile, Individual differences, Terms, Concepts, Definitions, Methodology, Metatheory, Philosophy of science, Transdisciplinary, Paradigm, tps paradigm
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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