My Friend, By Gordon Allport Essay

753 Words Oct 22nd, 2014 4 Pages
Each individual has their own unique personality traits. Personality traits are qualities that a person chooses to display. According to psychologist, Gordon Allport, suggests that there are many different types of traits. Cultures contain varied unique traits shared among the group of individuals within that culture, these are called common traits. Common traits demonstrate what traits are dominated by a culture or nation or how people within a culture are alike. On the other hand, individual traits define what specific traits apply to only one person. My friend, Joshua, displays a plethora of individual traits, which can only be applied to his unique character. Individual traits can be broken down into three parts: cardinal traits which can be defined by a person’s daily activities, central traits are the foundations of one’s personality and secondary traits can be easily detected as these are traits visibly shown by an individual. Many researchers and psychologists believe that there are five basic dimensions of personality mostly referred to as the “Big Five.” The “Big Five” factors are extroversion which contains characteristics ranging from loner, quiet, passive, reserved to joiner, talkative, active, and affectionate, agreeableness which ranges from suspicious, critical, ruthless, irritable to trusting, lenient, soft hearted, and good-natured, conscientiousness consisting of characteristics ranging from negligent, lazy, disorganized, late to conscientious,…

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