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Then A Miracle OccursFocusing on Behavior in Social Psychological Theory and Research$
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Christopher R. Agnew, Donal E. Carlston, William G. Graziano, and Janice R. Kelly

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195377798

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.001.0001

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Developing an Ecological Framework for Establishing Connections Among Dispositions, Behaviors, and Environments: From Affordances to Behavior Settings

Developing an Ecological Framework for Establishing Connections Among Dispositions, Behaviors, and Environments: From Affordances to Behavior Settings

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(p.247) 13 Developing an Ecological Framework for Establishing Connections Among Dispositions, Behaviors, and Environments: From Affordances to Behavior Settings
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Then A Miracle Occurs
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Reuben M. Baron

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377798.003.0013

The author offers a far-reaching and integrative chapter in his discussion of affordances. He notes that behavior is a central element of any ecologically-based view of psychology. He explores whether his ideas can be turned into a fresh look at a theory of situations. In such a theory, situations are a complimentary mirror image of a theory of personality, in the same sense that certain niches imply certain plants and animals, while certain plants and animals imply certain niches. Here are the powerful ideas of co-evolution and the self-organization of complex systems. Why are certain opportunities configured to support certain dispositions, and/or, types of people? The author suggests that the social analogue of co-evolution is the embedding of personality in the organizational dynamics of behavior to recruit people with the appropriate personality traits to carry out these roles successfully.

Keywords:   affordances, behavior, dispositions, ecological psychology, environment, personality, situations, social psychology

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