Factor-Analytic Trait Theory
RAYMOND B. CATTELLAND OTHERS
Even the most dedicated trait theorist would undoubtedly agree that Allport's list of 4,000 to 5,000 traits is unmanageable. It would seem reasonable to conclude that human nature cannot be this diverse, and that there must be a much smaller number of traits that energize and guide most of our behavior.
Raymond B. Cattell argues that psychology must become far more objective and mathematical if it is to be a mature science, and he bases his extensive research into the dimensions of personality on a complicated statistical technique known as factor analysis. The results do point toward a smaller number of fundamental human traits. But Allport might well be disconcerted to learn that some of Cattell's findings lead in the direction of Freudian theory and depth psychology.
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Publication information: Book title: An Introduction to Theories of Personality. Edition: 6th. Contributors: Robert B. Ewen - Author. Publisher: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. Place of publication: Mahwah, NJ. Publication year: 2003. Page number: 281.
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