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Unformatted text preview: Through factor analysis researchers have isolated five distinct dimensions of personality. The humanistic perspective emphasizes the growth potential of healthy people. Abraham Maslow believed that if basic human needs are met, people will strive to actualize their highest potential. Carl Rogers suggested that being genuine, accepting, and empathic helps others to develop a positive self-concept. Research documents the importance of high self-esteem and the potency of a self-serving bias. The social-cognitive perspective emphasizes how personal-cognitive factors combine with the environment to influence behavior. Researchers assess how people's behaviors and beliefs both affect and are affected by their situations....
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- Fall '08