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Assimilation, Accommodation, and the Dynamics of Personality Development
Vol. 53, No. 2 (Apr., 1982), pp. 281-295
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1128971
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The present essay specifies some problems in the Piagetian characterizations of assimilation and accommodation and offers an alternative formulation intended to resolve some conceptual anomalies. The dynamics underlying the orthogenetic principle of Werner are derived from this revised and restricted conceptualization of assimilation and accommodation as separable adaptive strategies. Piaget's views on the development of thought are then related to the domain of personality. Equilibration, according to Piaget the "motive" for cognitive growth, is argued to be a manifestation of the individual's orientation to limit anxiety by maintaining or constructing an understanding of the world that is not disconfirmed. This view of equilibrium permits the encompassment of a variety of observations that otherwise seem disparate (e. g., regarding the dynamics of anxiety, the concepts of resiliency or competence, and sex differences).
Child Development © 1982 Society for Research in Child Development