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Socioanalytic Theory: Basic Concepts, Supporting Evidence and Practical Implications
Socioanalytic Theory: Basic Concepts, Supporting Evidence, and Practical Implications
Robert Hogan Gerhard Blickle

Socioanalytic theory provides a perspective on human nature based on insights from: (1) Charles Darwin (1871) about human evolution; (2) Sigmund Freud (1913) about unconscious motivation; and (3) George Herbert Mead (1934) about the dynamics of social interaction. All three writers assume that, because we evolved as group living animals, we have deep, organic needs for the universal features of human culture – collective rituals, family relations, authority structures, morality, etc. When evaluating theories of personality (or anything else), the first question to ask is: ‘What question is the theory trying to answer?’ The pioneers ...

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