Trait Perspective

Gordon Allport

He was a psychologist and traits theorist; he researched the idea that individual personalities are unique.

Raymond Cattell

psychologist who researched whether some traits predicted others also used factors analysis to come up with 16 key personality dimensions.

Hans Eysenck

Psychologist that researched the genetically-influenced dimensions of personality.

William Sheldon

Psychologist who says, "your body type determines your personality.

Big 5 Traits







Emotional Stability




Evaluate Trait Theory

Psychologist generally accept that people can be described and compared in terms of basic personality traits. Doesn't really explain personality, it simply describes the behaviors, and doesn't explain the development of different behaviors/personalities.