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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.

An Introduction to Critical Personalism
An introduction to critical personalism

New perspectives become possible either when one offers new answers to questions already being asked, or when one reformulates the fundamental questions themselves, and in so doing restructures the entire problematic. Critical personalism does the latter.

—Stern (1918b, p. 7)

In light of the somewhat technical nature of the critique of conventional “nomotheticism” mounted in Chapter Seven, the impulse may be great to see the problem now as essentially one of inventing or developing some new or long-neglected research method(s) or procedure(s). Such an impulse would not be entirely groundless, because without doubt, alternative investigative approaches more apposite to the “problem of individuality” than those of neo-Galtonian differential psychology are going to have to be embraced if genuine ...

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