Primary divisions of personality and their scientific contributions: From the trilogy-of-mind to the systems set

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  • Personality theories often identify sets of primary parts. These are sets of a few personality parts expansive enough to collectively describe the total personality. Examples of such sets include the trilogy of mind (motivation, emotion, and cognition), Freud’s structural set (id, ego, superego), and the recently-introduced systems set (energy lattice, knowledge works, role player, and executive con-sciousness). These groups may be of unrecognized importance in understanding human personality. The defining characteristics of such sets are identified, their history is reviewed, their theoretical contributions considered, and then, criteria for distinguishing good from bad sets of primary parts are proposed. Finally, the potential contribution of primary parts sets to personality psychology is revisited. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour is the property of Wiley-Blackwell and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder’s express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)
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    Publication Date

  • December 2001
  • Has Subject Area


  • 1.1 Normal biological development and functioning
  • Basic Behavioral and Social Science
  • Behavioral and Social Science
  • Mind and Body
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  • 449
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  • Volume

  • 31
  • Issue

  • 4