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Inconsistency (v. Lat . Domestic "not" con- "together", sistere "hold") refers to a state in which several things to be considered valid, are not compatible. The consistency is the opposite concept to it. Inconsistency means, in particular, contradictions or inconsistencies (incoherence).


  • In sociology , the term “status inconsistency” appears, which occurs when a person searches for a characteristic - e. B. Education - should be rated highly, according to another - z. B. Wealth - but low, see social structure .
  • In psychology and behavioral research , the term is used in relation to contradicting, inconclusive, or - from the point of view of the observer - unmotivated behavior of an individual.

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