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: Later Theories of Personality



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9.2.4: Later Theories of Personality

Trait Theory
G.W.Allport defines personality trait as A trait is a neuropsychic structure having the capacity to render many stimuli functionally equivalent and to initiate and guide equivalent forms of adaptive and expressive behaviour (1961)
R.B.Cattell attempted a classification beginning with 171 traits and subsequently narrowing with 171 traits and subsequently narrowing them down to 35 and finally to only 12
These areas follows
1.Cyclothymia – Such a person is Frank emotional and given to a very frank expression of his views.




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2. General mental capacity – An average level of intelligence.
3. Dominance – self confident, assertive and quarrelsome
4. Sergency – Humour, intelligence
5. Positive character – A person of this native gives special attention to the view of others.
6. Emotionally stable – they don’t suffer from instability
7. Adventurous cyclothymia – Adventurous, inclined to mix easily with others.
8. Mature – Independent, mature and complete in themselves.
9. Socialised cultured – Give special attention to thoughts about the age in which they live.
10. Trustful – Trustful and grateful to others
11. Unconventional – Revolt against the times in which they live.
12. Sophisticated – Rational, reasonable, peaceable and inclined towards solitude.




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