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ERIC Number: ED116060
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jul
Pages: 72
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Recognizing the Coherence of Personality.
Block, Jack
In the last half dozen years, the field of personality psychology has been asked to reconsider certain premises that traditionally have guided conceptualization and research. The most influential questioner and critic has been Mischel. The essential criticism, advanced and buttressed in a number of ways, is an empirical one: namely, the research evidence accruing over the years supports only weakly or not at all the assumption by pshchologists that traits or dispositions importantly govern behavior. Mischel develops this conclusion in a widely-read review of the personality assessment literature. Mischel's 1968 conclusions have become widespread and blandly accepted. This paper offers an "assessment of Mischel's assessment of the state of personality assessment," and indicates some of the ways in which his negative evaluation can be countered. This essay reads the research evidence differently and, in addition, introduces some recent pertinent findings that permit a different structuring of the accomplishments and deficiencies characterizing personality research. (Author/HMV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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