In this essay I will thereby discuss and try to answer the subject of personality. * What is personality? As previously said rather than being just “who a person is”, personality is a group of traits that shape a person and makes them who they are at one specific point in their life. Indeed if you look at personality from a strict psychological and theoretical point of view, you realize that it is the evolution and the development of a person as a whole at a certain given point. Moreover, it is the shaped result of three main factors which are hereditary, environmental as well as situational.
The relationship of biological factors concerning Maslow’s theory, can clarify the vital factors regarding the personality. Personality has been calculated and explained for a long time and is connected directly to Maslow’s humanistic and biological theories. Abraham Maslow developed a concept of personality that has impacted a number of different fields, including education. This wide influence is due in part to the high level of sensibleness of Maslow's theory. This concept correctly defines many realities of personal capabilities.
Personality Analysis: Allport and Maslow PSY/405 September 11, 2011 Abstract There are many theories associate with the development of personality such as Humanistic, Existential and Individual theories. Each theory attempts to address the components of what makes an individual’s personality the way it is and attempts to use this theory to understand or better predict behavior. In this paper we will examine the ideas of personality development through the views of Abraham Maslow and Gordon Allport. Both Maslow and Allport’s theories are considered to be Humanistic in their approach to personality theory as each is based in the idea that each individual has value, control, and is capable of personal growth. In this paper we will examine how each theory views personality development, characteristics, and traits.
3. Historical changes in family structure and the theoretical diversity of relationships within the family.The Objectives of these Notes are to allow you to understand: 1. The difference between commonsense and sociological conceptions of family life. 2. The interpretation of statistical evidence relating to family diversity.
In his book The Structure of Human Personality, Eysenck defines personality as being ‘the more or less stable and enduring organization of a person’s character, temperament, intellect, and physique, which determines his unique adjustment to the environment’ (Eysenck, 1960, p.2). Originally Eysenck’s model of personality was made up by two main personality factors (traits) which were; introversion (quiet, unsociable) - extroversion (outgoing, sociable) and Neurotic (unstable) – Normal (stable) (Nolen-Hoeksema et.al, 2009). He called these factors super traits. Eysenck describes how we respond to both internal and external stimuli; and that these responses vary depending on the situation. So
Biological factors that affect personality “This is a few of the biological factors that can influence a person’s personality. Biological factors determine the individual's "temperament", the group of personality characteristics that seem to be present in some form from early life onward and that make us consider people as having individualized personalities. Temperamental characteristics are expressed in different ways as the person matures, but are always there, no matter whether experiences tend to encourage or discourage them (2009, Jean Mercer)”. “One example of a temperamental factor is activity level. This does not refer to so-called "hyperactivity" in a pathological sense, but simply to the preferred amount of activity with which an individual feels comfortable.
Maslow's hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper "A Theory of Human Motivation".  Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans' innate curiosity. His theories parallel many other theories of human developmental psychology, some of which focus on describing the stages of growth in humans. Maslow used the terms Physiological, Safety, Belongingness and Love, Esteem, Self-Actualization and Self-Transcendence needs to describe the pattern that human motivations generally move through. This hierarchy is most often displayed as a pyramid.
With the right environment, nurture, and determination I’m sure one can excel to their full capacity in traits such as intelligence or athleticism. I may be incorrect and I even might have my own bias but that is what I truly think and believe. Before we tackle on this longly debated predicament, we must understand that there are many different perspectives on the nature versus nurture topic. A biological psychologist might approach the problem focusing on genetic, hormonal, and neurochemical explanations of behavior, leaning more towards
The biosocial theory. The term ‘culture’ encompasses the knowledge, beliefs and values shared by a society that are passed down the generations through imitation and communication. By looking at research through a variation of different cultures we can distinguish between universal features, which suggest an innate basis for gender therefore supporting the nurture side of the argument, and culturally specific features, which suggest gender is learned and so support the nurture side of the argument. A famous piece of cross cultural research on gender was the Six Cultures Study by Whiting and Whiting (1975) studied child rearing processes in North America, the Philippines, India, Mexico, Kenya and Japan. Researchers integrated themselves into the societies and conducted systematic 5 minute observations of the children’s daily lives.
Determinism is the assumption that all behaviour has specific causes. The biological perspective suggests that behaviour is linked to physiological processes such as genetic and hormonal. Determinism is related to the biological perspective in a way that the concept of biology links with the concept of determinism. This creates the hypothesis of biological determinism. From a biological perspective, the biological factors such as an organism's individual genes (opposing environmental/social factors) determine how it behaves or changes over time.