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 Entrenchment of a “Common Trait” Perspective on Human Individuality

The entrenchment of a “common trait” perspective on human individuality

Among prominent psychologists in America (and after World War II, psychologists in America were the ones who would matter the most), no one concerned with questions about individuality was both more familiar with and sympathetic to Stern's thinking than Gordon W. Allport (1897–1967). In fact, Allport had spent part of 1923 with Stern at the University of Hamburg, and during his months there had even rented a room in the Sterns' home (Bühring, 1996a). So, partly because of the direct personal and professional connections between the two, but also partly because Allport's own work has been so pivotal in the field, the path of our study ...

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