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Conceptions of states and traits: dimensional attributes with ideals as prototypes.
Chaplin WF, et al. J Pers Soc Psychol 1988. PMID 3367279
Traits and states are concepts that people use to both describe and understand themselves and others. We show that people view these concepts as prototype-based categories that have a graded internal structure and fuzzy boundaries and identify a set of attributes that define the prototypical cores of two categories: traits and states. ...Prototypical states are temporary, brief, and caused by external circumstances. These prototypes are not defined by averages, as the family-resemblance principle would suggest, but by ideal (or extreme) attribute values. ...
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