Research Implications of a Field View of Personality

Title:
Research Implications of a Field View of Personality
Authors:
Yinger, J. Milton
Abstract:
Developing an adequate theory of personality, and research procedures competent to test and extend it, is one of the most challenging tasks faced by social science today. Progress has been blocked by the tendency to extend the concepts and research designs of psychology or of sociology-which are abstract disciplines-to explain behavior in its full empirical manifestations. We can avoid the "fallacy of misplaced concreteness" by specifying clearly the abstract quality of purely psychological or sociological research and, when our concern is with behavior, by developing a model that takes account simultaneously of individual tendencies and structural influences. This proposition is illustrated by reference to the study of abnormal behavior and the question of personality continuity.
Citation:
Yinger, J. Milton. 1963. "Research Implications of a Field View of Personality." American Journal of Sociology 68(5): 580-592.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DATE ISSUED:
1963-03
Department:
Sociology
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.1086/223430
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/310022

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dc.contributor.authorYinger, J. Miltonen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:23:30Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:23:30Z-
dc.date.issued1963-03en
dc.identifier.citationYinger, J. Milton. 1963. "Research Implications of a Field View of Personality." American Journal of Sociology 68(5): 580-592.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0002-9602en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/310022-
dc.description.abstractDeveloping an adequate theory of personality, and research procedures competent to test and extend it, is one of the most challenging tasks faced by social science today. Progress has been blocked by the tendency to extend the concepts and research designs of psychology or of sociology-which are abstract disciplines-to explain behavior in its full empirical manifestations. We can avoid the "fallacy of misplaced concreteness" by specifying clearly the abstract quality of purely psychological or sociological research and, when our concern is with behavior, by developing a model that takes account simultaneously of individual tendencies and structural influences. This proposition is illustrated by reference to the study of abnormal behavior and the question of personality continuity.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Chicago Pressen_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1086/223430-
dc.subject.departmentSociologyen_US
dc.titleResearch Implications of a Field View of Personalityen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalAmerican Journal of Sociologyen_US
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