- Must still read the Fleeson article.
1) Traits are about mean levels
a. Description of your central tendency
2) People don’t always stick to their mean levels.
a. The ratings you give on any trait would be similar if you measured it 2 weeks later.
b. People will routinely pick every point on the scale at some point in time to report on a
behaviour they are experiencing.
c. We need to know how someone is variable around their own mean levels.
3) Density distribution = suggested by the author
a. Is non-interactionism
b. Harry Stack Sullivan: behaviour is fundamentally embedded in relationships. Personality
occurs in the particular interpersonal relationship you are in.
2) The Leary Legacy
a. Thought to simplify Sullivan’s thinking.
b. All interpersonal behaviours can be found on a Leary circle .
c. Distance from the origin is an indicator of things being further from the original topic.
3) The Wiggins Circumplex
a. It is circular in continuum the two ends of the continuum meet
b. One dimension reflects = power, cold
c. The other dimension reflects = nurturance, warmth
d. There is equal spacing and equal distance from one another and the origin
e. Spatial relationships indicate the importance of them being inversely related to one
another. Variable near to one another will have more dominance to being related. Anything
at a right angle is independent of the other.
f. When we know the “Big Four”, we can combine them to find out the single point of that
g. Extremity (vector length) – how far from the origin
h. Interpersonal (angular rotation) – how rotated they are
i. Further from the origin is how extreme they are
j. A person may not always fall into the same quadrant
k. People will fluctuate in regards to their interactions
4) Flux, Pulse, Spin
a. Flux – how much you fluctuate around your own central tendency. Variability you show
around the 4 poles. Some will flux