PSY216 3.1 discussion.docx - Discussion 3.1 How do the trait theory perspectives of Allport Eysenck and Cattell differ Do you feel their research was

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Discussion 3.1 How do the trait theory perspectives of Allport, Eysenck, and Cattell differ? Do you feel their research was conducted ethically? Why or why not? o When discussing the difference between Allport, Eysenck and Cattell it is clear that they all used different ways to analysis personalities. According to Allport, he “defined traits as “generalized and personalized determining tendencies—consistent and stable modes of an individual's adjustment to his environment” (1936, p. 26).” His procedures for analyzing material were unique to the individual case. Many felt this was antiscientific according to the text, stating that “thinking that the study of individual idiosyncrasies conflicted with science’s search for general laws.” Eysenck used a three-factor theory to emphasis on biological foundations of personality. He “recognized that trait theory could break out of such conceptual circles by going beyond the mere use of words and identifying biological systems that correspond to trait.” Cattell used 16 factors to
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