PSY230H5 Lecture Notes - Trait Theory, Walter Mischel, Femininity

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Differences among individuals in a typical tendency to behave, think, or feel in some conceptually related ways, across a variety of relevant situations and across some fairly long period of time. Likelihood of showing some behaviours or having some thoughts or feelings (typical tendency) Trait is expressed by various behaviours, thoughts, feelings that appear to have some common physiological cause (conceptually related) Personality trait not just a habit confined to one spec situation; rather shown across a variety of settings in which ppl differ in the ways that the trait is expressed (across a variety of relevant situations) Pattern can be observed over the long run (fairly long period of time) trait: there is some reasonably stable, long lasting tendency to show the relevant pattern of behaviours. Mental abilities (verbal, mathematical) diff from personality trait represent one"s max level of performance on one task vs way of thinking, behaving, feeling.

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