Lecture 13 - March 24

Lecture 13 - March 24 - Lecture 13 PSY 257 Trait Approaches...

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Lecture 13 PSY 257 March 24, 2009 Trait Approaches Trait: a predisposition to think, feel, and behave in a certain way - Hierarchically organized o Specific Response Level: acts in a particular moment, o Habitual response level: daily habits o Trait level: groups of daily habits that go together o Superfactor: highest level of abstraction, ex: extroversion 1. What are the most important personality traits to study? a. Aggression, intelligence b. Difficult to talk about in cross cultures, some cultures don’t have words to represent certain things c. The lexical approach – go to the dictionary. Assumes if some personality traits are important in a culture, they are likely to be represented in our language. Thought to be a good starting point. d. First person to do this type of study was one of the Big Five, Gordon W. Allport i. First psycholexical study: went through Webster dictionaries. Found 18,000 personal descriptive English words. Took years to
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