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Personality/Personality Psychology
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[German Version]

Personality denotes the uniqueness of each individual, who realizes his or her personhood (in the philosophical or theologi-cal sense; Person) in the context of his or her genetic and historico-biographical contingency.

While “understanding psychology” (verstehende Psychologie: W. Dilthey) views the uniqueness of personality, which eludes explanatory regularities, as a meaningful unity, empirical methods have been used to study these very rules and regularities, since the 1930s increasingly in terms of nature and nu…

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Fraas, Hans-Jürgen, “Personality/Personality Psychology”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 02 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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