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- Integrating the most unintuitive empirical observations of 2007 in the domain of personality and social psychology into a unified framework
- Moss, Simon A.; Wilson, Samuel
- Two obstacles impede the development of productive theories in personality, social, and organizational psychology. First, the distinct frameworks are seldom integrated; the various theories sometimes yield incompatible implications. Second, because many findings in these fields seem intuitive, these observations do not augment the validity of these theories. To override these issues, this paper integrates the 70 most unintuitive findings of 2007 into a unified framework, derived from personality systems interaction theory. Specifically, 10 participants extracted the most unintuitive observations from 17 scholarly journals. These findings were reconciled within a single framework that generates 41 testable propositions. The framework assumes that an associative self system, underpinned by a vast network of schemas, governs behavior as well as enhances intuition, engagement, creativity, and cooperation. When individuals experience a threat, this system is inhibited, unless the requisite defense mechanisms to accommodate potential hazards have been developed. Furthermore, individuals attempt to distance themselves from unassailable threats, which activate an analytical system that formulates plans that could accommodate future contingencies. These plans are retained in memory or executed if individuals have acquired sufficient confidence.
- Publication type
- Journal article
- New Ideas in Psychology, Vol. 28, no. 1 (Apr 2010), pp. 1-27
- Publication year
- FOR Code(s)
- 1701 Psychology; 1702 Cognitive Sciences
- Associative networks; Defense mechanisms; Personality systems interaction theory; Unintuitive findings
- Publisher URL
- Crown Copyright © 2009. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
- Peer reviewed