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Yes, much literature supports this notion. Mary Ainsworth's attachment theory has a lot to say about parental attachments and how important they are for future growth; this journal article is directly related to your query. There is also related research in evolutionary psychology, see this and this. As for why we get attracted to parental traits: the most ...


Given the blank I would suggest: habit personality is an enduring pattern of relating and responding to life's challenges that has its roots in genetics and experience. Couple's relationship evolves over time and becomes similarly half-intuitive and half-conscious. But I suppose this may be a word that is not "psychological" enough.


Perhaps this? An individual's personality A couple's relationship A group's dynamics An organisation's culture


Eysenck is a popular theorist who proposed a biological basis for Extraversion, Psychoticism, and Neuroticism. He didn't do a lot of empirical research but his theory has influenced researchers, see Chapman and Weiss.


Big Five is a trait theory built for the specific purpose of quantifying how people differ, i.e. the focus in on individual differences. Therefore, we need to have a reliable way of comparing two people on their traits. If we try to compare people's agreeableness in every single situation, we run into the problem you describe: everyone behaves more or less ...


There are two main theories of behaviour, trait theory and situationism. What you are referring to is known as situationism. A doyen of trait theory was Raymond Cattell who was the father of modern personality testing (his 16PF test was a forerunner of the Big Five). An assumption of trait theory is that individuals have inherent personality traits and will ...

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