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It is important for every student of psychology, wherever they might be in the world, to understand the classic scholars, the classic studies, and the subsequent generations of people and ideas that have come to define the broad discipline that is ‘psychology’. This book achieves this in the most accessible and engaging manner possible. Rom Harré presents a unique textbook orientation, combining the biopic with the significance of the major protagonists of the last century, organized by @#x2018;schools of thought’, yet with cross-references throughout the text.

The Personologists
The personologists

Human beings appear to differ from one another along many dimensions. Some people are gloomy and pessimistic. Others are cheerful and optimistic. There are shy people and there are ebullient people. There are submissive people and aggressive people. Attributes like these are the marks of differences in personality. Are they permanent traits of people, or do they come and go with the situations people find themselves in? How are we to explain the differences between presentations of self of different people in the same situations and the same person in different situations? Is a ‘scientific’ personology possible, in the sense of the possibility of the discovery of lawful relations between personality traits and the types of situations in which they are displayed? ...

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