This lesson will introduce trait theory and its early history.
Gordon Allport identified 18,000 words representing traits in the dictionary and organized these into levels of traits.
Traits that are so basic that all of a person’s activities can be traced back to the trait.
Core qualities of a personality; major characteristics you would use to describe an individual.
Traits shared by most members of a specific culture.
Specific person’s unique personality traits.
The basic and stable and consistent qualities people show over time and in different situations; the building blocks of a person’s self, or sense of who they are.
Preferences or dependent on the environment.
A personality psychologist that attempts to identify and measure particular aspects or pieces of a person’s personality (or traits).