News tagged with personality traits
Most people believe they can multitask effectively, but a University of Utah study indicates that people who multitask the most – including talking on a cell phone while driving – are least capable of ...
Psychology & Psychiatry Jan 23, 2013 | 4.5 / 5 (12) | 4 |
Psychopathic personalities are some of the most memorable characters portrayed in popular media today. These characters, like Patrick Bateman from American Psycho, Frank Abagnale Jr. from Catch Me If You Can and Alex from ...
Psychology & Psychiatry Dec 07, 2011 | 4.7 / 5 (7) | 37
Can a person's Facebook profile reveal what kind of employee he or she might be? The answer is yes, and with unnerving accuracy, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology.
Psychology & Psychiatry Mar 02, 2012 | 1.7 / 5 (19) | 16
New research from the University of Warwick suggests getting more money may not make you happier, especially if you are neurotic.
Psychology & Psychiatry Jun 09, 2012 | 5 / 5 (6) | 1 |
The personality trait narcissism may have an especially negative effect on the health of men, according to a recent study published in PLoS ONE.
Psychology & Psychiatry Jan 23, 2012 | 4.8 / 5 (6) | 7 |
Drinking enough alcohol to become intoxicated increases aggression significantly in people who have one particular personality trait, according to new research.
Psychology & Psychiatry Dec 19, 2011 | 4.3 / 5 (6) | 0 |
In a three-part research project involving 310 students at Baylor University, UMaine psychology lecturer Jordan LaBouff and colleagues found that people determined to be humble were more willing to donate ...
Psychology & Psychiatry May 24, 2012 | 5 / 5 (5) | 0
Not everyone is able to be hypnotized, and new research from the Stanford University School of Medicine shows how the brains of such people differ from those who can easily be.
Neuroscience Oct 03, 2012 | 4.6 / 5 (5) | 0 |
(HealthDay) -- Got something to report about yourself? An opinion, perhaps, or a status update? Nobody may care except you, but new brain research suggests you can make yourself feel good simply by sharing.
Psychology & Psychiatry May 07, 2012 | 5 / 5 (4) | 5 |
(Medical Xpress)—Want a good night's sleep? Be positive – consistently. Although happiness is generally good for sleeping, when a person's happiness varies a lot in reaction to daily ups and downs, sleep suffers, reports ...
Health Apr 29, 2013 | 5 / 5 (4) | 0 |
People who gain weight are more likely to give in to temptations but also are more thoughtful about their actions, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Scienc ...
Psychology & Psychiatry May 06, 2013 | 5 / 5 (4) | 0 |
We've all been warned not to "judge a book by its cover," but inevitably we do it anyway. It's difficult to resist the temptation of assuming that a person's outward appearance reflects something meaningful about his or her ...
Psychology & Psychiatry Oct 15, 2012 | 4.3 / 5 (4) | 4 |
Even on the playground, our friends know us better than we know ourselves. New research has revealed that your childhood peers from grade school may be able to best predict your success as an adult.
Psychology & Psychiatry Sep 20, 2012 | 5 / 5 (3) | 0
Extraversion does not just explain differences between how people act at social events. How extraverted you are may influence how the brain makes choices – specifically whether you choose an immediate or delayed reward, ...
Psychology & Psychiatry Jan 17, 2013 | 5 / 5 (3) | 0
It is possible to tell who a person is thinking about by analyzing images of his or her brain. Our mental models of people produce unique patterns of brain activation, which can be detected using advanced imaging techniques ...
Neuroscience Mar 05, 2013 | 5 / 5 (3) | 1 |
In psychology, Trait theory is a major approach to the study of human personality. Trait theorists are primarily interested in the measurement of traits, which can be defined as habitual patterns of behavior, thought, and emotion. According to this perspective, traits are relatively stable over time, differ among individuals (e.g. some people are outgoing whereas others are shy), and influence behavior.
Gordon Allport was an early pioneer in the study of traits, which he sometimes referred to as dispositions. In his approach, central traits are basic to an individual's personality, whereas secondary traits are more peripheral. Common traits are those recognized within a culture and may vary between cultures. Cardinal traits are those by which an individual may be strongly recognized. Since Allport's time, trait theorists have focused more on group statistics than on single individuals. Allport called these two emphases "nomothetic" and "idiographic," respectively.
There is a nearly unlimited number of potential traits that could be used to describe personality. The statistical technique of factor analysis, however, has demonstrated that particular clusters of traits reliably correlate together. Hans Eysenck has suggested that personality is reducible to three major traits. Other researchers argue that more factors are needed to adequately describe human personality. Many psychologists currently believe that five factors are sufficient.
Virtually all trait models, and even ancient Greek philosophy, include extraversion vs. introversion as a central dimension of human personality. Another prominent trait that is found in nearly all models is Neuroticism, or emotional instability.
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