Trait Theory Of Personality Analysis

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Introduction This essay will entail the understanding and evaluation of trait theory as well as a character profile of a chosen individual. The essay will be broken into two sections in which the first section will provide a description of the central tenets of trait theory of personality and cover the most important theories in the field. The second section will include the character profile of the chosen individual using a trait theory selected in section one. The profile will include traits, motives and expressive styles. The term personality includes the distinct variances in typical ways of thinking, emotion and the way in which one conducts themselves. In studying personality two areas are focused on, the first is understanding specific…show more content…
Alongside extroversion-introversion there are other distinct indices. The MBTI includes Carl Jung’s theory of perception and judgement in which states that people are different when it comes to perceiving and judging but there is an underlying link or similarity. The scales or indices include Extroversion- Introversion (E-I) which measures whether a person is extroverted or introverted, Sensing-Intuiting (S-I) which echoes a person’s preferred way of perceiving, Thinking-Feeling (T-F) which echoes a person’s preference of two opposite means of judging, and lastly Judgement-Perception (J-P) which reflects a person’s method of dealing with the extroverted side or the external realm (Center for Applications of Psychological Type,…show more content…
Only in later years was psychoticism added as an element (New World Encyclopedia, 2013). Hans Eysenck was very quick to attack the opinions of others and was critical when it came to the works of other theorists. He was very loyal to behaviourism and believed that only methodical approaches could give people a clear understanding of human beings. Individuals were critical of his work because not everything could be reduced to numbers and even statisticians were not fond of factor analysis. Eysenck’s theory echoed truth in some areas such as people are born with differences in their personality and that individuals can be understood physically (Boeree, Hans Eysenck, 2006). After evaluating the different theories I have come to the conclusion that they all contributed to the theory of personality and traits but their theories all had small downfalls. Their ideas helped form bases and links for further research and ideas. All their theories and ideas were of importance. In this assignment only one proved to be useful for the second section. I thought R.B Cattell’s theory to be most
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