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David D. Vachon, Donald R. Lynam, Joshua D. Miller & Robert F. Krueger

In: The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences: Volume III: Applications of Personality and Individual Differences

Chapter 13: Externalizing, Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Parsimonius Trait-Based Approach

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Externalizing, Psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Parsimonius Trait-Based Approach
Externalizing, Psychopathy, and Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Parsimonius Trait-Based Approach
David D. Vachon Donald R. Lynam Joshua D. Miller Robert F. Krueger

Science is guided by several major principles, including truth, precision, generality, and relevance. A major principle, often overlooked, is that of parsimony – science should reduce, simplify, and integrate. Like a lever lifting heavy weights with an efficiency of force, parsimonious science reduces complex information with an efficiency of theory. In psychology, a frustratingly noisy, dynamic, and complex science, parsimony is valuable not only because it may reflect the natural order of things ...

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