week 4 behavioral paradigm, Humanistic paradigm. trait paradigm,

The Trait Theory of Personality

If someone asked you to describe a close friend's personality, what kind of things would you say? A few things that might come to mind are descriptive terms, such as "outgoing," "kind" and "even-tempered." All of these represent traits. What exactly does this the word "trait" mean?

A trait can be thought of as a relatively stable characteristic that causes individuals to behave in certain ways. The trait approach to personality is one of the major theoretical areas in the study of personality. The trait theory suggests that individual personalities are composed of these broad dispositions.1