PSY230H5 Lecture Notes - Lecture 15: Agreeableness, Behavioural Genetics, Twin Study

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27 Nov 2012
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Close social relationships one of the most important motives/values for many people. Looking at how personality traits influence social relationships. How consistent people"s behaviours and feelings are across different relationships. Attachment theory: infants need their parents to survive; look to parents for help specially during times of need, stress or uncertainty. Assumption made is that secure attachment provides infants with important experience that they can trust someone to take care of them: allows for positive developed and forming better social relationships later one. Insecurely attached children grow up thinking they cant rely on anyone which has negative consequences on their personality and social relationships. Another assumption is that the attachment style is partially shaped by the parents or can be based on genetic dispositions. Some evidence that infants" attachment predicts children"s personality. Studies found that secure attachment during infancy is a negative predictor of neuroticism and positive predictor of extraversion and openness.

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