PSYA02 Jan 30, 2013
The Relevance of Personality
Personality makes us choose the way we view people
What makes one person different from one another?
o What are the components of personality?
Types vs. Traits
Horoscopes – personality type
You’re a Capricorn so you must…
According to the Ancient Greeks, your personality
depends on the four humours – blood, yellow bile, black
Blood dominated = sanguine personality – very
Phlegm = sad personality
Type assumes that people can be put into boxes and
have all of the traits associated with that personality.
Traits assumes that we are mix of a proportion of
influences. Our personalities are made up of many
Gordon Allport looked for words in the dictionary that
would describe as person’s personality. He tried to cluster
them and categorize them so that we can describe
people. PSYA02 Jan 30, 2013
Cattell’s 16 Traits
Gave people surveys on asking them