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Corr I 29 (XXIX)
Causal force/Causation/Psychology/Personality Traits/Allport: Allport (1937)(1) saw personality traits as possessing causal force. Traits correspond to ‘generalized neuropsychic structures’ that modulate the individual’s understanding of stimuli and choice of adaptive behaviours. Thus, traits represent more than some running average of behaviour. Cf. the philosophical discussion on causal forces and causality: >Causal forces/Philosophy, >Causal Explanation/Philosophy.


1. Allport, G. W. 1937. Personality: a psychological interpretation. New York: Holt


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Allport, Gordon W.
Corr I
Philip J. Corr
Gerald Matthews
The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology New York 2009

Corr II
Philip J. Corr (Ed.)
Personality and Individual Differences - Revisiting the classical studies Singapore, Washington DC, Melbourne 2018


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