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The lexical fallacy in emotion research: Mistaking vernacular words for psychological entities
Vernacular lexemes appear self-evident, so we unwittingly reify them. But the words and phrases of natural languages comprise a treacherous basis for identifying valid psychological constructs, as I illustrate in emotion research. Like other vernacular lexemes, the emotion labels in natural languages do not have definite, stable, mutually transparent meanings, and any one vernacular word may be used to denote multiple scientifically distinct entities. In addition, the consequential choice ofdoi:10.1037/rev0000174 pmid:31682141 fatcat:f2nj6yqmizauhkjkoihytvtary