Psyb30 Lec 4
Gordon Allport – personality is a whole, unified organization of an individual.
Personality regulates how we react/respond to a change in environment or
Allport’s concept of traits
- Common (traits that many people have) vs Individual (some people have unique
traits) Science of the individual
- Cardinal trait – so pervasive that virtually all aspects of a persons functioning can
be traced to it, so unifying that all other traits are subordinate to it. (Rare, not
everyone has a cardinal trait) eg Mother Theresa’s compassion.
- Central trait – thy explain our behavior in a wide range of behaviors
- Secondary trait – categorizes and organizes specific areas of an individuals