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What is Funder’s First Law, and what is an example?

Funder's First Law states that great strengths are usually great weaknesses, and, surprisingly often the opposite is true as well. This law applies to the study of personality psychology and to individual human personalities.

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Funder's First Law states that “Great strengths are usually great weaknesses, and surprisingly often the opposite is true as well.” At first glance, this seems quite a counter-intuitive proposition. We tend to think of strengths as being conceptually distinct from weaknesses. Yet in his First Law, what Funder is driving at is that the two are inextricably linked. We cannot conceive of strengths without weaknesses, and vice versa.

An example of Funder's First Law would be someone trying to improve their physical health by engaging in certain activities, such as working out at the gym, but at the cost of their mental well-being.

Even if such intense physical exercise led to an overall improvement in health, it could also have an adverse impact on mental health, as the individual concerned—who, let us assume has had mental health issues in the past—is so focused on improving their physical health that they neglect their psychological well-being.

Indeed, in some cases, the pursuit of...

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