A Glossary of Descriptive Psychology Concepts

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behavior potential

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  1. The notion of a person's behavioral possibilities as a consideration in its own right.
  2. The correlative of Reality (reality constraints).
  3. A person's status.
There is a bare notion of a person’s behavioral possibilities (the "thin" sense of the term), which is essentially a count of possibilities; however, it is important to include in this concept the value of each possibility (the “thick” sense of the term). Behavioral choices hinge on the value of the possibilities. P may have an extremely large number of possibilities but only value a few of them.