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.

The Narrowing of Perspective in the Proliferation of Standardized Testing and Correlational Research

The narrowing of perspective in the proliferation of standardized testing and correlational research

In the previous chapter, passing mention was made of Stern's view that as a practical discipline, differential psychology would have two closely related, yet nevertheless distinguishable, agendas. The first (and more important) of these he termed psychognostics (die Psychognostik), the goal of which was to be Menschenkenntnis, or an understanding of the fundamentals of human nature. The realization of this goal would entail, among other things, a determination of the most basic attributes by which to characterize persons. An additional requirement would be the development of practically viable procedures for measuring those attributes, so as to be able to specify ...

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