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    Most trait theories focus on broad dispositions as the determinants of behavior. Briefly explain the concept of "dispositions." How do dispositions most significantly contribute to the construct of personality? Why is this contribution significant?

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    Trait theories describe personality in terms of broad dispositions (or traits). According to these theories, every individual possesses the same traits, with differences being in terms of *where* one falls on each of a number of traits (thus, each trait is on a continuum); for example, according to McCrae and Costa, every individual possesses the trait of "agreeableness," but some people are going to be more agreeable than others. These various traits form a unique personality for everyone, even ...

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    This post will give an overview of disposition as it relates to personality.