Ch 11: Trait Aspects of Personality

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Trait Aspects of Personality - Chapter Summary

In this engaging chapter, our instructors explain trait aspects of personality. You'll study the definition of trait perspective in psychology, some of the theories associated with it and much more. Each one of our interesting lessons is accompanied by a multiple-choice quiz to keep you on track as you move through the chapter. If you need to go back and review any of the topics in a video lesson over again, use the video tabs feature in the Timeline. Our instructors are available to answer any questions that you might have along the way. Once you complete this chapter, you should be ready to:

  • Identify the five big personality traits
  • Outline Gordon Allport's theory of personality
  • Discuss the relationship and differences between traits, behavior and motives
  • Detail the history of trait approaches
  • Assess personality using the trait approach
  • Understand the impact of ethnicity, religion and culture on personality
  • Explain the ways culture is influenced by personality
  • Detail discrimination, prejudice and personality theory
  • Describe the different personality disorders

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: Trait Aspects of Personality
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Trait Perspective: Theory & Definition

1. Trait Perspective: Theory & Definition

Do your friends describe you as calm, or excitable? Are you careful, or careless? These characteristics indicate something about your personality, and psychologists study these traits to discover what makes each of us unique.

What Are Personality Traits? - Characteristics, Definition & Five Big Traits

2. What Are Personality Traits? - Characteristics, Definition & Five Big Traits

In this lesson, you will learn about personality traits, including the most widely accepted model of classifying personality traits, the Big Five factors. Following the lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Gordon Allport's Personality Theory

3. Gordon Allport's Personality Theory

Learn about Gordon Allport and his impact on psychology. Understand what traits and trait theory are. Explore different types of traits with some real life examples.

Traits, Motives & Behavior

4. Traits, Motives & Behavior

Why do people act the way they do? In this lesson, we'll examine the difference between personality traits and motives, and demonstrate how both can influence a person's behavior.

History of Trait Approaches

5. History of Trait Approaches

Why are people different from one another? What makes a personality? In this lesson, we'll look at the history of personality trait theory in psychology, including major figures in trait theory.

Using the Trait Approach to Assess Personality

6. Using the Trait Approach to Assess Personality

Why are people so different from each other? What makes us who we are? How can we assess someone's personality? In this lesson, we'll look at trait theory in psychology and personality assessments that are based on it.

Impact of Culture, Religion & Ethnicity on Personality

7. Impact of Culture, Religion & Ethnicity on Personality

This lesson is going to go over the many ways that culture, religion, and ethnicity interplay with someone's personality. Among other things, you'll learn which cultural groups may have more sociable individuals than others.

How Personality Influences Culture

8. How Personality Influences Culture

Studies show that cultural forces influence the expression of personality, but personality can also influence culture. In this lesson, we'll look at the two-way relationship between culture and personality.

Prejudice, Discrimination & Personality Theory

9. Prejudice, Discrimination & Personality Theory

Why do people discriminate against others? What's up with stereotypes? In this lesson, we'll look at the way social perception affects the way we view others, including implicit personality theories and in-group/out-group biases.

Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Schizoid & Antisocial

10. Personality Disorders: Borderline, Histrionic, Narcissistic, Schizoid & Antisocial

Will the Personality Disorder Crime Force make it out of the office today? In this lesson, you'll learn about each superhero's personality disorder as a late delivery of donuts sets off some of their common behaviors.

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