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Trait Theories of Personality

Trait theories of personality suggest that personality is composed of a number of broad dispositions or traits. Learn more about some of the major trait theories of personality.

Trait Theory of Personality
Trait theory of personality suggests that personality is composed of a number of broad traits. Learn more about some how many traits some researchers have suggested exist.

The Big Five Personality Dimensions
The "big five" personality dimensions are broad categories of personality traits. Learn more about these different types of personality and the characteristics of each.

"Big Five" Personality Quiz
The "Big Five" personality dimensions describe five broad areas of personality. Learn how you rate on the big five dimensions in this personality quiz.

Murray's Theory of Psychogenic Needs
Psychologist Henry Murray proposed a theory of personality based upon a number of psychogenic needs. Learn more about these psychogenic needs and how Murray believed they relate to personality.

Cattell's 16 Personality Factors
Raymond Cattell identified 16 different personality factors. Learn more about these 16 personality traits and how each one can be described.

What Is Extraversion?
Extraversion is one of the core traits in the big five theory of personality. Discover the characteristics of extraversion and how this trait influences behavior.

INFP
The INFP personality is characterized by introversion, creativity and strong ethics. Learn more about the characteristics of INFPs.

ISTJ
The ISTJ personality is characterized by a sense of organization, structure, loyalty and respect for rules. Learn more about some of the characteristics of the ISTJ personality type.

ISTP
ISTP personality types are characterized by being highly logical, independent and practical. Learn more about the ISTP personality type and some career choices that are best suited to this type.

ISFJ
People with an ISFJ personality type are quiet and enjoy order and harmony in all areas of their lives. Learn more about the characteristics of this personality type, famous ISFJs and some ideal career choices for people with an ISFJ personality.

INFJ
The INFJ personality type is one of the rarest, with just one to three percent of people displaying this type. Learn more about the characteristics of the INFJ personality type.

ISFP
People with ISFP personalities are often described as kind, caring and quiet. Learn more about the major characteristics of the ISFP personality type.

INTJ
People with INTJ personality types are reserved, logical and analytical. Learn more about the common characteristics of the INTJ personality.

INTP
People with INTP personality types tend to be quiet, reserved and thoughtful. Learn more about the common characteristics of the INTP personality type.

ESTP
Approximately 4 to 10 percent of all people have an ESTP personality type. ESTPs tend to be out-going and action-oriented.

ESTJ
The ESTJ type is characterized by a dependable, practical and traditional personality. Learn more about the ESTJ personality type.

What Is Introversion?
Introversion is one of the major personality traits identified by many different personality theories. Learn more about about the characteristics of introversion.

ESFP
ESFPs are often described as gregarious, spontaneous and likeable. Learn more about the characteristics of the ESFP personality type.

ESFJ
ESFJs tend to be outgoing, loyal and highly organizing. Learn more about the ESFJ personality type.

ENFJ
The ENFJ personality type is one of the 16 identified by the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Learn more about the characteristics of the ENFJ personality.

ENTP
People with an ENTP personality type are great conversationalists and are often described as witty and creative...

ENFP
People with an ENFP personality type are often described as charismatic, fun, and creative. Learn more about the common characteristics of the ENFP personality.

ENTJ
People with an ENTJ personality type are often described as outspoken and self-confident. Learn more about the characteristics of this type.

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