The Integration of Nomothetic and Idiographic Research Methods in the Study of Personal Meaning

Hubert J. M. Hermans Journal of Personality, 1988, 56, 785-812   Abstract   This study presents the technique of self-investigation as a research tool for the study of personal meaning from the perspective of the general and the particular. After reviewing the nomothesis-idiography debate, I argue the personality psychology can benefit from a combination of nomothetic and idiographic research methodologies. This creates a need for new...

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Opposites in a dialogical self: Constructs as Characters

Hubert J. M. Hermans Journal of Constructivist Psychology, 1996, 9, 1-26   Abstract Bakhtin’s (1973) polyphonic novel serves as a metaphor for a dialogical conception of the self. In line with this metaphor, it is argued that a narrative approach leads to a multivoiced conception of the self, in which the poles of a personal construct are related as opposing characters positioned in an imaginal space. In this space the I fluctuates...

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Moving through three paradigms, yet remaining the same thinker

Psychology Quarterly,March 2006; 19(1): 5–25 Abstract The author reflects on his scientific and professional career as it developed over 40 years.Partly as an autobiographical sketch, he describes three phases, each guided by a specificparadigm: individual differences, narrative, and dialogical. Looking back at the differentphases, the author emphasizes the non-linear nature of his development, in which thepreceding phases merged into the next...

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