Psychological traits: There’s more than what doesn’t meet the eye

Psychological traits such as self-esteem explain how people differ from each other, but what explains the psychological traits and their development? Psychologists tend to explain individual differences and developmental trajectories of traits based on variables that are separate from the traits themselves. I argue that individual differences and developmental changes can also be explained by looking at the changes in the observable traits, looking within the trait and not outside of the trait.

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Academic administrators have responded to recent cases of misconduct by commissioning a multitude of regulations and protocols. The scientific code of conduct of the VSNU is an attempt to formulate the scientific ethos, but it works better as a discussion piece.

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