The contents of this volume will have demonstrated, more than any argument could do, that the dimensional and causal analysis of personality has produced a paradigm which shows all the classical signs of a scientific theory — including the presence of many anomalies and the suggestion of improvements in the theory by certain changes in some of its defining features. The chapter by Gray is particularly valuable in pointing up both the anomalies and the existence of alternative hypotheses. He does not mention one slightly embarrassing aspect of the paradigm, which can best be characterized as its almost excessive over-inclusiveness; there are many experimental findings which agree vaguely with what one might have anticipated, but which cannot in any rigorous sense be deduced from the theory. One or two examples may clarify this point.
KeywordsCrucial Experiment Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Stimulus Analysis Rigorous Sense Arousal Theory
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