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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the Psychology 310: Psychology of Personality course
- Introduction to Personality Psychology
- Personality Research & Assessment
- Psychoanalytic Theories of Personality
- Adler & Jung & Personality Theory
- Neo-Analytic & Ego Approaches to Identity
- Biological Aspects of Personality
- Psychodynamic Theories & Theorists
- Behavioral & Learning Aspects of Personality
- Cognitive & Existential Theories of Personality
- Humanistic Theories & Theorists
- Required Assignments for Psychology of Personality