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Allport, Gordon Willard
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(Nov 11, 1897, Montezuma, IN – Oct 9, 1967, Cambridge, MA), personality psychologist. Allport received his doctorate from Harvard in 1922 and taught at Dartmouth and Harvard. During a period in which the field of psychology was dominated by the study of behaviorism on the one hand, and by psychoanalysis on the other, Allport studied personality formation on the basis of stable, coherent units, the so-called “traits.” In his research, Allport made a distinction between nomothetic (universal) and idiographic (individual) studies of behavior. His distinction between i…

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Loder, James E., “Allport, Gordon Willard”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 31 October 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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