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Chapter 20: Summary and Possible Future Directions Introduction Personality psychologists seek to understand the whole of personality However, understanding the whole may be impossible Instead, the difficult task of understanding the whole person is best approached by breaking personality into its parts or domains Current Status of the Field Personality psychologists doing research today focus on specific components or domains of knowledge about personality Starting about 50 years ago, personality psychologists began turning away from grand theories of personality (e.g., Freud's psychoanalysis) Whole of personality is the sun of its parts, and the understanding of the parts will provide an understanding of the whole Domains of Knowledge: Where We've Been, Where We're Going Biological Domain o Core assumption of biological is that humans are biological systems o Concerns factors within the body that influence or are related to personality o Biological domain refers to the physical elements and biological systems in body that influence or are influenced by our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings 1
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