Not seeing the forest for the traits: A comment on Hogan and Foster (2016)

Adrianne John R. Galang


Hogan and Foster outline the positive and negative agendas of socioanalytic theory. I agree with their call for more robust integrative theorizing that incorporates the social context. I am less impressed by their rhetorical attack on traits (broadly conceptualized) and what I think is their overly constructionist stance regarding behavior. Hogan and Foster ask us not to be complacent in our theorizing, which is a fair demand. In return, we should ask socioanalytic theory to display more coherence.


personality theory, socioanalytic theory, social constructivism, traits

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