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Running Head: Personality Theory Blog Personality Theory Blog Medalliue Bartley-Reid PSY 450 May 29, 2017 University of Phoenix Dr. Jenne Meyer 1
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Running Head: Personality Theory Blog “Personality is a broad concept that refers to many aspects of an individual’s unique characteristics, and is generally considered to be a set of relatively enduring behavioral and cognitive characteristics, traits, or predispositions that people take with them to different situations, contexts, and interactions with others, and that can contribute to the differences among individuals” (Matsumoto & Juang, 2013, p. 265). Behavior is something that can affect one in every aspect of their lives, whether it is at work, home, relationships, etc. Behaviorist theories help one understand personality as far as the effects the outside external stimuli have on one’s behavior. This method is used to help break down the behavioral aspect of one’s personality, also known as behavioral theories. Personality Theories B.F. Skinner was one of the founders of this theory and focuses on the interaction of the person and their environments using at times experimental methods for research. Skinner believed that children cry because in the past they have cried and they have always gotten a response, so therefore they are now conditioned to crying, and the responses from the parent are known as a reinforcer, also known as operant conditioning.
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