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Beyond Individual and Group Differences: Human Individuality, Scientific Psychology, and William Stern's Critical Personalism examines the history of psychology’s effort to come to terms with human individuality, from the time of Wundt to present day. With a primary emphasis on the contributions of German psychologist William Stern, this book generates a wider appreciation for Stern’s perspective on human individuality and for the proper place of personalitic thinking within scientific psychology. The author presents an alternative approach to the logical positivism that permeates traditional psychological thought and methodology making this an innovative, ground-breaking work.   Beyond Individual and Group Differences is a dynamic book for academics and scholars in the areas of personality psychology, individual differences, and the history of psychology.

Contemporary “Nomotheticism” within the Framework of Neo-Galtonian Inquiry: A Methodological Primer
Contemporary “nomotheticism” within the framework of neo-galtonian inquiry: A methodological primer

With the demise of the resistance movement Gordon Allport had so energetically but futilely championed following Stern's death in 1938 (see Chapter Four), the majority within the mainstream of scientific personality psychology could renew its collective (if not always entirely univocal) pursuit of an exclusively “nomothetic” discipline. Within this framework, the primary challenge became that of identifying the most rudimentary common attributes of “the” human personality, those presumably fundamental empirical continua with respect to which human beings “in general” could be said to differ from one another, and through which, consequently, the basic features of any given individual's personality—his or her individuality—could be articulated. ...

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