Trait psychology is a field of psychology that studies how characteristics of a person affect their behavior. Some characteristics are important in determining who a person is and other characteristics can help a person succeed in life. A person with a certain personality trait will be more likely to succeed than a person without that trait. These traits are also commonly known as a person's personality.
One type of trait psychology is positive personality traits. This includes characteristics that make a person more outgoing, ambitious, friendly, dependable, and so on. Someone with a positive personality trait will be more likely to succeed in business, politics, sports, and other endeavors. People who have a positive trait tend to do well academically and are more socially interactive.
The study of the personalities behind some traits is known as trait matching. This involves a person's description of themselves. A person can describe their personality trait and then the computer can match the description to millions of people in various environments and occupations. If the description matches those of a person in a particular occupation, then that occupation has a high employee turnover rate.
Another type of trait psychology is self-esteem or how a person sees his or her own intelligence and ability. When a person is under pressure or working with difficult people, their confidence can drop. It can also affect how they act in certain situations. A person's self-image is also affected by traits that come from their parents, teachers, and other people in their childhood.
Research into the traits of one's personality can also be influenced by a person's environment. If a person is surrounded by other high achievers, they may be more likely to strive for greatness. However, if the person is surrounded by poverty, they are more likely to sink lower than others. Thus trait psychology can be used in analyzing these relationships and trying to figure out why a person does what they do.
Some traits that are important to identify include being assertive, competent, motivated, and having a sense of humor. Some characteristics that are less important include kindness, sharing, and honesty. This type of research can help determine if a person is doing what they need to do in order to be successful or whether a person is doing something that will hurt them . . . . . . in the long run. Some people may not realize that they have a problem until it is too late.