Holland’s Personality Types
Professor: Dr. Peggy Lauria
PSY235: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Holland’s personality types indicated that vocational interest can be organized into six types: Realistic (R), Investigative (I), Artistic (A), Social (S), Enterprising (E), and Convention (C), widely known abbreviation with the acronym RIASEC (Darcy & Tracey, 2007; Gottfredson & Johnstun, 2009). Holland postulated that the effects of one’s personality are based on career choices. Holland’s work focuses on how people choose careers and the reason that they prefer some jobs over others.
Holland’s first personality type realistic focuses on individuals who have the inclination to be practical, mechanical and realistic (Nauta, 2010). These individuals enjoy doing things which are physical in nature, using their hands. Some of the jobs included mechanics working on cars, carpenters building houses, technician repairing computers and televisions, and farmers. These individuals are not interested in jobs such as teaching, nursing, and pharmacy. Persons with the realistic type attitude will communicate with a frank direct manner and value material things (Darcy & Tracey, 2007).
Individuals with investigative personality type are identified to be very intelligent. They view themselves scientific and intellectual, using their investigative minds (Peiser, 1984). These individuals are always studying, doing mathematical problems, and working in labs. Individuals with investigative personality do not like to work in position such as sales clerk or even selling insurance. Most...