Introduction to Personality Paper

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Introduction to Personality Paper

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Introduction to Personality Paper

Today's definition of anyone's personality is very based upon behavior that we can all observe. Traits are behavioral patterns that repeat in any person with time; characteristics make clear the distinctive qualities of a person. Personality is defined as, “…a pattern of relatively permanent traits and unique characteristics that give both consistency and individuality to a person’s behavior” (Feist & Feist, 2006, p. 4).

Analyzing Personality

Much of my own understanding of personality comes from what I was told as I was raised, that it is what makes one person different from the next, good or bad. However, I also accept that there are other sources, more defined than my own. The understanding of personality comes from the collected views of many theorists; all of which have cleverly divided personality into six: pessimism versus optimism; uniqueness versus similarities; determinism versus free choice; conscious versus unconscious determinants of behavior; biological versus social influences; causality versus teleology. Free choice entails the belief that behavior is ruled by forces that are within the capabilities of human beings. Determinisms suggests that the way we act is guided by external sources. Optimism, such...

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