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Career Counselling- Trait and Factor Theory

Trait and factor theory has been used consistently since 1909 and a great deal of research has been conducted to prove its worth. Why do you think the theory has held its ground for such a long time?

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Trait and Factor Theories

I think one of the reasons that trait and factor theories have stood the test of time is simply that it has become a social norm which has been backed with substantial research and findings. For instance, everyone has "traits" which consists of personality traits, physical traits, and genetic traits to name a few. We use them in everyday conversations. For example, we might say that a person is somewhat of an introvert, a pretty nervous person, strongly attached to his family, frequently depressed, and very intelligent. We might say that a person has his father's looks or "he gets that from his father". These are all traits.