Re: integration

Travis Gee (
Tue, 13 Oct 1998 13:22:48 -0400 (EDT)

Jack Adams-Webber wrote:
> Stephanie,
> You might have a boo at Peter Suedfield's analyasis of
> "conceptual/integrative complexity" [In Robert Sternberg (Ed.),
> Encyclopedia of Human Intelligence (pp. 286-290), NY: Macmillan, 1994]

You can also have a look at Brian Little's Personal Projects Analysis,
a method based in Kellian theory. One of his 'propaedeutic criteria'
for psychological measurement is that of "integrative units" that
capture both thought and feeling, which seems to be very much what you
were asking about. The 1989 paper in the following list of
introductory PPA-related articles outlines this and other criteria,
such as personal saliency and ecological representativeness. His
approach is very theoretical, but based in solid empirical work, and
the influence of Kelly is very clear, e.g., the 1972 article. Hope
this helps.

Little, B.R., (1972). Psychological man as a scientist, humanist and
specialist. Journal of Experimental Research in Personality,
6, 95-118.

Little, B.R., (1983). Personal Projects Analysis: A rationale
and method for investigation. Environment and Behavior,

Little, B.R., (1987). Personality and environment. In D. Stokols
and I Altman (Eds.), Handbook of environmental psychology.
NewYork; Wiley.

Little, B.R., (1989). Trivial pursuits, magnificent obsessions
and the search for coherence. In D.M. Buss & N. Cantor
(eds.),Personality psychology: Recent trends and emerging directions.
New York; Springer-Verlag.

Little, B.R., (1993). Personal projects and the distributed self:
Aspects of a conative psychology. In J. Suls (Ed.),
Psychological Perspectives on the Self (Vol. 4, pp. 157-181).
Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.


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