Trait Psychology- Dr. David Matsumoto

In the video below Dr. Matsumoto explains the structure of traits- dispositions that we have to act or behave in a certain way.

Studies that involve analyzing traits, especially across cultures, have come to find that there seems to be a universal structure of traits.  That is, people all around the world have basic traits that are consistent regardless of the culture they are from, such as conscientiousness, openness, agreeableness, extroversion, and neuroticism.

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These “Big Five Traits”, as psychology has coined them, have been found in every culture that has been studied (this is not to say that different cultures do not display any other traits).

There is a lot of evidence that suggests that there is a biological component to traits [as well as a cultural one], purported Dr. Matsumoto.

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