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Trait approach to personality

A trait is a genetically determined characteristic or a distinguishing quality of a person.the trait theory of personality suggests that human behaviour, cognition, and emotional pattern are determined by these characteristics unique to each individual.

Psychoanalytic or humanistic perspectives on personality focus on the similarities between individuals, whereas the trait theory argues that it is the differences between each individual that should be studied. Thus, trait theory focuses on identifying and measuring these individual personality characteristics.