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John C. Turner, Katherine J. Reynolds, S. Alexander Haslam & Kristine E. Veenstra

In: Individuality and the Group: Advances in Social Identity

Chapter 2: Reconceptualizing Personality: Producing Individuality by Defining the Personal Self

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Reconceptualizing Personality: Producing Individuality by Defining the Personal Self
Reconceptualizing personality: Producing individuality by defining the personal self
John C.Turner, Katherine J.Reynolds, S. AlexanderHaslam and Kristine E.Veenstra
Introduction

In this chapter we take a fresh look at personality and individuality by making use of insights from self-categorization theory (SCT). The fact of human individuality is striking. We take for granted that people are characterized by individual differences and, where these are sufficiently stable and consistent and seem related to their underlying psychological make-up, we talk of personality. Explaining personality is one of the major tasks which psychology has attempted over the last hundred years. Every significant psychological perspective, from Freudian psycho-dynamics to classical and social learning theory to the cognitive perspective, has developed one or more ways of understanding ...

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