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p. 857. Can we categorize people? Individual differenceslocked

  • Gillian Butler
  •  and McManus Freda


Most of us like to consider ourselves as unique, but is it possible to categorize the differences between us and identify the determinants of such differences? Psychologists have developed ways of measuring people to find out more about the similarities and differences between them. ‘Can we categorize people? Individual differences’ particularly looks at two areas where individual differences have been most intensively studied and measured: intelligence and personality. Knowing more about how to measure the ways in which people differ according to dimensions such as intelligence and personality has helped us to understand more about the number of contributing variables, the potential for change, and the relationship to achievement and happiness.

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