A Case for Case Studies

Daniel M. Ogilvie

in Fantasies of Flight

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157468
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894024 | DOI:
A Case for Case Studies

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This chapter discusses the affiliation of personality psychology with social psychology. It argues that personality psychology is in danger of getting stuck with traits. Trait measurement became personality psychologists' solution to accusations of being artists in the midst of serious scientists. However, there is a finite “amount of truth” to be discovered about the human psyche, and most of those truths may already be known. If that is the case, the remaining days of both social and personality psychology will be played out with researchers trying to find exceptions to general principles and designing research on these specialized topics so as to draw sufficient attention to maintain a dwindling number of careers.

Keywords: personality psychology; social psychology; psychoanalytic theory

Chapter.  2878 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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