By Kevin Lanning

In the final 25 years, there is not any factor in character psychology which has been as hotly debated as that of consistency. This ebook introduces scalability as an inexpensive and theoretically pleasurable conceptualization of consistency. 3 empirical experiences of scalability are defined; their concentration is at the function of scalability as a moderator in prediction. This ebook makes major inroads within the box of character size, and, via reviewing prior methods to character overview, it offers a valid theoretical foundation for the outline and mapping of personalities.

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2) People will be differentially sensitive or responsive to different dimensions upon which situations differ. (3) Across a broad set of situations, consistency (scalability) with respect to all trait words is impossible. , a party during fmals week to a university undergraduate). (4) If measurement is sufficiently reliable (generalizable), a highly scalable pattern of behavior provides firm evidence for a parallel personality structure. The ftrst three points reflect the presence of both ipsative and normative variability in the extent to which traits are scalable for persons.

This Situational Hostility Scale (SHS) includes 14 detailed vignettes which describe social situations. These situations are diverse in content, though all depict breaches of territory and/or the frustration of various social or task related goals. A sample item from the scale follows: Looking forward to getting a paper back from your TA (although your initial excitement has wavered somewhat ... its been two weeks since you handed it in), you head for what otherwise promises to be a typically boring discussion section.

It would appear that the relation between scalability and elevation is not a priori specifiable on formal grounds, but depends upon the content of the measure, its response format, and the sample investigated. However, if simple variability is highly entailed by elevation, and variability and scalability are highly related, then entailment of scalability by elevation can be anticipated. Expected relations between scalability and elevation, then, may be seen as largely contingent upon relations between scalability and intraindividual variability.

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