Psy 405 Introduction To Personality Analysis

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| Introduction to Personality Introduction to Personality Ashley Stringer-Franco PSY/405 Theories of Personality Bernard Wakley March 19, 2012 Introduction to Personality Personality comes from the Latin word persona. Persona basically means when a person acts like someone else for a drama or a show (Feist & Feist, 2006). In others words a person puts on a false appearance in order to make someone believe they are the character that they play. In today’s standards, though personality means much more then false appearances. A person is observed to have a personality through their behavior, which is best described through their unique traits and characteristics. Over time a person…show more content…
Personality can mean many things but collectively the definition according to Feist & Feist in 2006, “…a pattern of relatively permanent traits and unique characteristics that give both consistency and individuality to a person’s behavior” (Feist & Feist, 2006). It is hard to understand personality when no one can even agree about the true definition of personality so that is why we have to study it and assess the information that will help us understand what influences our own traits and characteristics. Quantifiable Human Nature The field of psychology is based on the basic ways in which humans will react through perceptions, position, and the point of views from of a lot of theorists. In the area of psychology according to Feist and Feist in 2009, “there are six dualistic dimensions on human nature and they are determinism versus free choice, pessimism versus optimism, causality versus teleology, conscious versus unconscious determinants of behavior, biological versus social influences, and finally uniqueness versus similarities” (Feist & Feist). First a thing where a human does anything willingly is called free choice. When a environmental reason manipulates a person to behave in a…show more content…
First the thing where personalities can be generalized into five broad domains is called the model that is composed of five different personalities. Those five things are conscientiousness, neuroticism, extraversion, openness, and finally agreeableness. The thing that is explemplified by being disciplined, neat, and wanting to achieve is called conscientiousness. The thing that refers to control over emotion, controls their impulses, and is really anxious is called neuroticism. The thing that has a higher sociability, takes charge, and talks a lot is called extraversion. The thing where people have curiosity that is smart, and prefers to be around novelty, and a lot of different things is called openness. And finally the thing that refers to helping people, works well with others, and understands other people’s problems is called agreeableness. The second factor that influences individual characteristics and traits in humans is called the social investment theory. This theory basically takes a stand in the nature versus nurture position and chooses nurture. It chooses nurture because it argures that as we evolve the relationship we have with other people and the role they have in developing different unique qualities to go with the realationships has

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