A Glossary of Descriptive Psychology Concepts

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Know How

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This parameter represents the "competence" aspect of the behavior in question, which in turn reflects the learning history of the person whose behavior is in question. The person's competence rules out the possibility that the occurrence of a given behavior is simply a matter of luck, chance, accident, or coincidence.
Know How is used as a technical term in connection with Intentional Action. Rather than being anchored on a type of achievement, Know How is anchored on a specific achievement, i.e. the value of the Performance parameter. Rather than identifying a kind of competence, which accounts for a certain kind of success, Know How is an indefinite reference to a learning history, and to the corresponding competence, by virtue of which the occurrence of that performance was not a matter of luck, chance, accident, or coincidence.