Behavioral Consistency and Personality Coherence

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


In this chapter, attention will expand beyond description of behavior toward explanation and understanding of behavior and personality. This redirection will require a brief foray into domains of philosophy of science concerned with the structure of theories, meaning, and reference. Within this broader context, the specific problem of construct validity in psychological measurement will be considered. The inherent contradiction of thinking of systematic method variance in the context of a realistic philosophy of science will be exposed. Block’s (1975) notion of the coherence of personality will be used to assist in a reformulation of construct validity which banishes the idea of method variance as a form of systematic error. Further discussion of the coherence of personality will turn attention back to the already described structural representation of behavior in order to delineate details in the identification of personality coherence, and attributes of specific measurement devices.


Trait Measure Theoretical Term Response Class Behavioral Domain Critical Realism 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBoston UniversityBostonUSA

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