Chapter 1: Studying the Person
Personality psychology is the scientific study of the whole person.
Psychology is about many things: perception and attention, cognition and memory, neurons
and brain circuitry, abnormal behaviour, social behaviour, therapy, the behaviour of birds,
and the white rat.
The ultimate goal of personality psychology is to construct a scientifically credible account
of psychological individuality.
Personality psychologists often study individual differences in people
Sketching an outline: Dispositional traits
Personality traits are those general, internal, and comparative dispositions that we
attribute to people in our initial efforts to sort individuals into meaningful behavioural
categories and to account for consistencies we perceive or expect in behaviour from one
situation to the next and over time.