Hypothetical Constructs and Intervening Variables
Theoretical terms in psychology are used to describe characteristics of individuals. Of course, individuals can be described atheoretically: one can describe observable characteristics such as height, weight, or physiological response whilst making as few theoretical assumptions about these observables as possible. However, atheoretical characterisations of individuals are very limited and so when describing the individual it is common to make explicit theoretical assumptions. The observable characteristics are taken merely as indicators of the underlying theoretical concepts.
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