Intro to individual diffs

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  • Intro
    • Two approaches
      • Nomothetic
        • Investigates large groups
        • Based on numerical data
        • Attempts to generalise people
        • Uses objective knowledge
      • Idiographic
        • Focuses on uniqueness
        • Uses subjective experiences
        • Based on study of uniqueness of individual
    • Definition by Allport
      • 1. l  “…the dynamic organisation within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his [sic] unique adjustments to his [sic] environment” (Allport, 1937:48).
      • 2. l  “…a dynamic organisation inside the person of psychophysical systems that create the persons characteristic patterns of behaviour thoughts and feelings” (Allport, 1961)


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