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What are the Research Methods Used to Connect Traits with Behavior?

Single-trait approach
•Many-trait approach
•Essential-trait approach
•Typological approach


The Single Trait Approach:
What do people with a certain personality trait do?

Research examines correlations between one trait and many behaviors


What is the definition of Pseudoconservative

accept conventional and traditional values and also accept destructive values such as cynicism,punitiveness, and violent Anti-Semitism
A person who claims to be guided by and a follower of conservative ideals and principals, but in reality they are primarily and mostly just the opposite


What is Authoritarianism

Turn one’s will over to an external authority to avoid having to make personal choices; enjoy giving orders, which they expect to be followed without question


What is an example of Authoritarianism

ideas based on atrocities of Hitler and the Nazis – how could people do these things or allow these things to happen?


What are some characteristics of Authoritarianism

–Prejudice against minority groups
–Antidemocratic and pseudoconservative
–The California F (fascism) scale: measures the 9 facets of authoritarianism
-More than just an acquiescence response set (tendency to agree with statements regardless of their content)


What are some behaviors with Authoritarianism?

extremely deferential and respectful to people with higher power but rude and disrespectful to people with lower power; do not respond well to challenges about their seemingly inconsistent behavior and values


What are some recent findings with Authoritarianism?

Some recent findings: uncooperative and inflexible, fewer positive emotions, support “strong” political candidates


What is a construct that can explain Authoritarianism?

An individual-difference construct that can be used to explain which individuals would be most likely to follow a leader like Hitler (or follow orders in the Milgram experiment)


How is the individual-difference construct a good example of personality traits?

Good example of how a personality trait can be used to understand a complex social phenomenon


How is "Integrity" and conscientiousness defined?

–Responsibility, consistency, moral reasoning, etc.


What is "Integrity" and conscientiousness used for?

–Used to select employees (predictive validity for supervisor ratings of job performance = .41)
–Predicts absenteeism, employee theft, and job performance


What does "Integrity" and conscientiousness help predict?

Predicts success in college: better than Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and high school grade point average (GPA)
Predicts longer life expectancy


What is "Integrity" and conscientiousness correlated with?

Positively correlated with years of schooling
(remember that correlation is not causation)


What might "Integrity" and conscientiousness help explain?

Might explain motivation in general


"Integrity" and conscientiousness is...

less biased then aptitude tests


What is Self-monitoring?

the degree to which inner and outer selves and behaviors are the same or different across situations


What are High self-monitors?

discrepant selves and behaviors, look for cues in situation that signal how to act


What are low self-monitors?

similar selves and behaviors, more guided by inner personality


What does monitoring correlate to?

Correlates with several behaviors: performance in job
interviews and willingness to lie to get a date


In regards to monitoring...

It’s not necessarily better to be high or low
Actors scored high and mental patients scored low


The Many Trait Approach:
Who does that important behavior?

Examine correlations between one behavior and many traits


What is the California Q-Set and what does it do?

100 personality descriptions
Sort into a forced choice, symmetrical, and normal distribution
Compare characteristics within an individual


Give an Example from the California Q-set

Is critical, skeptical, not easily impressed
Is genuinely dependable and responsible person


What is the definition of Delay of gratification

denying oneself immediate pleasure for long-term gain


what are the sex differences for the delay of gratification

males delay less than females; delay in girls (ages 3–11) correlates with intelligence, competence, attentiveness, and resourcefulness; and, in boys of the same age with shyness, quietness, compliance, and anxiousness (correlates with planfulness, reflectiveness, and reasonableness in both girls and boys)


What are two things that are related with the delay of gratification?

Ego-control: related to delay in both girls and boys
Ego-resiliency: related to delay only in girls (difference may be based on societal expectations


What is a behavior predicted from the Q-set trials

Drug abuse: predicted by several characteristics rated
about 10 years earlier


What is another behavior predicted from the Q-set trials

Depression: risk factors for women include overcontrol and being shy and reserved; risk factors for men include undercontrol and being unsocialized and aggressiv


What is an additional behavior predicted from he Q-set trials?

Political orientation: conservatives were rated as tending to feely guilty, anxious in unpredictable environments, and unable to handle stress well when they were in nursery school; and liberals were rated as resourceful, independent, self-reliant, and confident (there are several possible interpretations of these findings and generalizability may be limited based on the sample)


The Essential-Trait Approach

Which traits are the most important? Which traits really matter?
•Reducing the many to a few
–Theoretical approaches
•Murray: 20 needs (e.g. Need Achievement) •Block: ego-control and ego-resiliency


What was Eysenck view of the essential-trait approach?

extraversion, neuroticism, psychoticism (blend of aggressiveness, creativity, and impulsiveness); Eysenck worked from theory of biological basis and that important traits should be heritable, not just statistical analysis)


What was Tellegen view of the essential-trait approach?

positive emotionality, negative emotionality, constraint (very similar to Eysenck)


What was Cattell view of the essential-trait approach?

16 essential traits based on factor analysis of 1000s of adjectives (most consider 16 to be too many)


Who discovered the big five and what was the hypothesis...

Lexical hypothesis: important aspects of life will be labeled with words, and if something is truly important and universal there will be many words for it in all languages


What does the big five do?

Look for traits that have the most words and are the most universal across languages
Factor analysis