Group Personalities of Mothers

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Billy Mills English 101 8:00 Tuesday/Thursday Professor Shuping October 11, 2007 Group Personalities of Mothers A personality is the sum of the patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are characteristics of a person. Someone’s personality tells us a lot about who the person is, what goes on in that person’s head, and helps us understand the person’s likes and dislikes. A person’s personality can help explain why the person behaves the way they do and make us who we are, how we act, and how we think. A personality is a pattern of thinking, feeling, and behaving, which means it occurs over and over again. It’s not just something that happens one time. Behavior is shaped by patterns or schedules of reinforcement in the environment. A mother, for instance, has a loving and caring personality. A mother looks out for her children and shows them everlasting love and care. Personalities can be influenced by one’s environment and is often hereditary. A major role in the development of someone’s personality is their environment. Society’s beliefs and traditions lead to personality thoughts, what is accepted by the culture is often how people act or what people do. Cultural experiences also lead to personality development. Like the saying, “You learn from your mistakes.” The course of life influences how someone thinks. Inherited factors play a major role in the development of a person’s personality characteristics. This means a parent’s personality genes are often passed down to their children. (Grolier Online) There are several theories of personalities, such as trait-type personality, psychoanalytic theories, humanistic theories, behavioral theories, and social-learning theories. A trait and type personality suggests that our personalities are inherited from our parents and are passed down to our children. Like when daughters become mothers of their own, they often say they don’t want
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Billy Mills English 101 to be like their mothers will, but when they look back they see part of their mother acting out in the way they take care of their children. The psychoanalytical theory suggests that personality is composed of three structures: the id, the ego, and the superego. The id part of this theory states the importance of sexual and aggressive instincts. The ego is best represented by the part of a person that recognizes reality easily. And the superego is represented by one’s conscience. Another theory of personality is the humanistic theory. This theory suggests that what someone experiences in life often leads to their behavior as they grow up. For example, someone that has been shut down from love as a child becomes insensitive to someone’s feelings when they grow up. The behavioral theory emphasizes overt behavior more than thoughts and feelings and stresses the importance of situational conditions in the regulation of behavior. An example of
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