18 000 terms in english language that describe

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18 000 terms in english language that describe personality but many are state-like descriptions like “confused” - only about 4000 refer to stable characteristics; some of them even sound similar (maybe synonym’s and antonym’s) - by grouping the ones that are the same in terms of synonyms and antonyms we get down to 170 - we do factor analysis to identify clusters of traits that go together; they aren’t synonyms but they cohere (ex. assertive, daring, impulsive); they ended up with 5 big trait dimensions Formal Definition of Traits - dimensions of individual differences in tendencies to show consistent patterns of thoughts, feelings, and actions - by dimensions he means they are comparative meaning you can identify differences in people with some people as high and some as low Jan 7th, 2010
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- tendencies reflects that is a disposition; it is not automatic that an extrovert will be outgoing in every situation but there is a disposition there so in most situations they will be... - consistence is key referring to things that are fairly evident across situations and over time - patterns refers to the fact that the trait dimensions are broad and general which can be a problem but their generality can be useful for coding people Big Five Trait Taxonomy - Extraversion : tendency to be outgoing, sociable, and impulsive - more to extraversion than liking others; there is an energetic active assertive
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  • Winter '11
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  • Big Five personality traits, Jim, commonly used taxonomy

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