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Trait1 - TRAIT I Introduction and PersonSituation Debate...

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1 T RAIT I Introduction and Person–Situation Debate WHAT IS THE TRAIT APPROACH? Brief overview Major Themes Consistency Individual Differences WHAT IS THE TRAIT APPROACH? What is a trait? Definition Textbook: “relatively stable and long-lasting attribute of personality” Quantitative Vs. Type
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2 WHAT IS THE TRAIT APPROACH? What is a trait? (cont.) Normal Distribution Enduring Amount of Trait Frequency in Population WHAT IS THE TRAIT APPROACH? Fundamentals of the Approach Mere Existence Theoretical/Empirical Hierarchical Extraversion Venture- some Affili- ation Ambi- tion Positive Affect Energy Ascend- ance Excitement Seeking Source: Change Warmth Gregariousness Joy Enthusiasm Liveliness Activity Exhibitionism Dominance Achievement Endurance
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WHAT IS THE TRAIT APPROACH? Nomothetic vs. Idiographic GORDON ALLPORT Background Papers discussing the properties of traits (1931, 1966)
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