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    STUDIA PSYCHOLOGIA-PAEDAGOGIA - Issue no. 1 / 2001  


Personality coherence in the social-cognitive approach: the case of cultural psychology. The scope of this paper is to present the studies that have demonstrated the influence of cultural conceptions about personality, existing in a culture, on the very structure and processes of personality of people living in that culture, as one case of the social cognitive approach to personality. The main different ways psychology have treated the personality coherence problem is shortly evocated at the beginning of the paper. Further is presented the particular contribution cultural psychology brought in the domain. The selected aspects demonstrate that the analysis of the cultural psychology case becomes important for personality psychology by its emphasis on the social construction mechanism. In this mechanism, a shared conception of personality is reflected in social practices and associated meanings. These practices and meanings constitute themselves in local significant models of person. Living in a culture means to consistently use its local models of acting and behaving, as well as think and feel about acts and behaviors. The stability and variation (i.e. the personality coherence) are searched at the level of self and self-construction, by the researchers in the cultural psychology domain.

Keywords: personality coherence, social construction, mediating processes, individual-environment relation

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