Representing the Concepts of Personality

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)


In this chapter, the basic concepts of the proposed framework will be introduced, and a structural representation of this framework will be described. The first stage of this discussion will be an elaboration of what is meant by a “basic concept”, primarily by example: three different attempts to specify basic concepts will be described. From this discussion, the concepts of persons, situations, response classes, and occasions will be identified as a set of necessary and sufficient basic concepts for personality psychology. A structural representation of these concepts will be created, and the general utility of this kind of representation will be demonstrated by showing how research designs, molecular life histories, and more molar levels of analysis may all be described within the language of this framework.


Basic Concept Structural Representation Specification Equation Environmental Background Response Class 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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