© 1990

Zero-Variable Theories and the Psychology of the Explainer


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Robert A. Wicklund
    Pages 20-25
  3. Robert A. Wicklund
    Pages 26-30
  4. Robert A. Wicklund
    Pages 31-38
  5. Robert A. Wicklund
    Pages 48-62
  6. Robert A. Wicklund
    Pages 84-90
  7. Robert A. Wicklund
    Pages 91-99
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 137-156

About this book


In Zero-Variable Theories, Dr. Robert Wicklund invites the reader to consider the psychological perspective of the "explainer". In examining the over-simplifications that have become dominant in modern psychology, the author points to such factors as competition with other explainers and pressure to offer and promulgate a unique explanation. The explainer is characterized as equating theory with simple, fixed categories, and as defending those categories as one would defend a personal territory, fending off competing explainers through mis-use of statistical devices. The end result is the formulation of theories that neglect the perspectives of those whose behaviors are to be explained, and which simultaneously exclude psychological variables.


Persönlichkeit Sozialpsychologie behavior development personality psychology social psychology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Abteilung PsychologieUniversität BielefeldFederal Republic of Germany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Zero-Variable Theories and the Psychology of the Explainer
  • Authors Robert A. Wicklund
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97165-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7974-7
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-3344-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 156
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Personality and Social Psychology
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