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Differential psychology/Stern/Lamiell: Stern coined the expression in Stern 1900(1) , 1911(2)).
Lamiell: Significantly, however, Stern did not regard the assessment and study of individual differences as suitable for advancing our understanding of personalities (or what he termed ‘individualities’). On the contrary, he saw (correctly) that studies of individual differences generate knowledge of person variables, and that what is needed in any psychology of personality worthy of the name is knowledge of persons.
Unfortunately, but for reasons I have thoroughly discussed elsewhere (see esp. Lamiell 2003(3), ch. 5), this distinction was all but obliterated by developments within the field during the first three decades of the twentieth century – against Stern’s strenuous and repeatedly-voiced objections (see Lamiell 2006)(4). This most unfortunate historical development is a major source of current conceptual difficulties within the field.


1. Stern, W. 1900. Über Psychologie der individuellen Differenzen (Ideen zu einer ‘differentiellen Psychologie’). Leipzig: Barth
2. Stern, W. 1911. Die Differentielle Psychologie in ihren methodischen Grundlagen. Leipzig: Barth
3. Lamiell, J. T. 2003. Beyond individual and group differences: human individuality, scientific psychology, and William Stern’s critical personalism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
4. Lamiell, J. T. 2006. William Stern (1871–1938) und der ‘Ursprungsmythos’ der Differentiellen Psychologie, Journal für Psychologie 14: 253–73


James T. Lamiell, “The characterization of persons: some fundamental conceptual issues”, in: Corr, Ph. J. & Matthews, G. (eds.) 2009. The Cambridge Handbook of Personality Psychology. New York: Cambridge University Press


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Stern, William

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

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