Gordon Allport

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Birthday
11, 1897
Birthplace
Indiana
Death Date
Oct 9, 1967 (69)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
11, 1897
Birthplace
Indiana
Death Date
Oct 9, 1967 (69)

About

Pioneer of personality psychology who theorized that human behavior comes from their traits as well as external forces.

Before Fame

After graduating with degrees in economics and philosophy from Harvard and teaching abroad, he returned to Harvard to earn a doctorate in psychology.

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He divided human traits into three distinct categories: cardinal traits that dominate an individual's personality, central traits are shared across the majority of the population, and secondary traits which are unique to the individuals.

Family Life

He was born in Montezuma, Indiana as the youngest of five brothers born to a school teacher and a doctor.

Associated With

He had a much-repeated story about his meeting with Sigmund Freud: Allport told him about a boy he met on the train who was afraid of getting dirty, and Freud asked him, "And was that little boy you?"

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