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Trait Theory of Psychology

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Kristi Burke

The Trait Theory of Psychology
I really thought that when I was reviewing the list of behavioral theories that was given to us that I would surely end up with three different ones. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Upon checking off the three things and matching the numbers to my choices, I discovered that everything I chose fell underneath the Trait Theory of Psychology, and after doing a little research on it, it is definitely the most accurate depiction of my thoughts when it comes to analyzing other people’s behavior. Traits are distinguishing features of a person’s personality, and there are no two people in this world with absolutely identical traits. Each person treats external events differently, behaves in various situations in a certain way, and appears to others in a particular way. The trait theory focuses on internal aspects of personality and describes personality and emphasizes on its biological aspects. The trait approach assumes that we all have internal traits, or tendencies to behave a certain way across most situations. These traits generally remain stable as we age and explain why people behave the same way across a variety of situations. Yet because people differ in the degree to which they possess various traits, we develop unique personalities. (Pastorino & Doyle-Portillo, 2010) I completely agree with those statements when it comes to analyzing an individual person’s behavior. I do believe that traits to a certain degree are learned as a product of the environment we live in, but I also believe that a lot of it has to do with our genetic makeup. The three theories I chose were heredity, traits, and unchangeability. Heredity states that we inherit our behaviors from genetics. I couldn’t agree more. While we often say “I will never be like my parents,” more often than not I find myself saying “Oh my God, I have turned into my mother.” I think my personality is almost a direct reflection upon my parents. Traits...