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1. Trait theories are a notable contrast to the psychoanalytic perspective. What is the most
significant difference between trait theories and traditional psychoanalytic theories in explaining
the development of abnormal behavior? Why?
I believe that the most significant difference between the trait theories and the traditional
psychoanalytic theories in explaining the development of abnormal behavior is that the two
theories differ greatly on the importance they give to adult personality development.
The trait theory is based on empirical research and is focused on measuring individual
differences between personalities and the causes that explain these differences. Among the
causes that most trait psychologists accept as influencing personality development it is worth
mentioning biological factors, family environment, personal experience, and culture. Trait
theorists believe that a combination of internal and external factors explain personality
development both in childhood and during adult life. From the trait theory perspective, abnormal
behavior arise when certain traits or a combination of t...
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