The Structure of Perceived Causality

  • Bernard Weiner
Part of the SSSP Springer Series in Social Psychology book series (SSSOC)


In this chapter I move from description to a taxonomy of causal structure. This is the first step toward “authentic” theoretical analysis, although classification is the least advanced aspect of conceptualization. The remainder of the book then progresses from structure (causal classification) to dynamics or to a genotypic analysis of emotion and motivation. This represents a higher level of scientific theorizing. This ordering of description-taxonomy-dynamics (causes, causal structure, causal consequences) captures a general developmental sequence evident in the growth of other theories, particularly in the study of personality.


Multidimensional Scaling Causal Structure Causal Ascription Marital Conflict Attribution Theorist 
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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bernard Weiner
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of California, Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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