Many concepts in developmental psychology are inferred or confirmed from very particular experimental or naturalistic observations but investigators often generalize their validity to a broad domain of situations. This permissiveness is affecting progress. This paper provides examples of this error and criticizes the tendency to award essences to predicates representing psychological processes.
"The Limitations of Concepts in
Merrill-Palmer Quarterly: Vol. 50:
3, Article 7.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/mpq/vol50/iss3/7