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Self-esteem and trait theories

What would the trait theories postulate about people with low self-esteem?

How would the trait-theory perspective describe low self-esteem in the words of one of its theoretical models?

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(1) What would the trait theories postulate about people with low self-esteem?

Various Trait theories emerged in the literature based on the assumption that individuals have a number of consistent universal characteristics. For instance, Allport postulated that individuals have a number of consistent and common traits that they share (Friedman & Schustack, 2006, 284). Other theories on trait characteristics evolved to objectify the structure of the personality. Based on the trait theory approach, persons with low self-esteem would be considered emotionally unstable, and unable to handle life challenges. One theoretical model used to assess traits has been along dimensional factors as assessed by the Big Five Model (Costa & McCrae, 1985). This approach suggested that most common traits could be explained along five dimensions: (a) Extroversion, (b) conscientiousness, (c) Neuroticism, and (d) Openness to Experience. Persons who were perceived as extroverted had ...

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This solution discusses trait theories as related to self-esteem, including the Big Five Model. It is provided in 490 words with references.

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