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Learning Theories of Personality Analysis PSY405 Theories of Personality
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Learning Theories of Personality Analysis Learning theorists have debated on the subject of how people learn, dating as far back as the Greek philosophers, Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. The nineteenth century brought with it, a scientific field of study that focused solely on learning. Inspired by the works of Descartes and Kant, and Darwin, psychologists began conducting tests for the purpose of evaluating how people learn (Hergenhahn, 1976). During the 20 th century, the learning theories debate shifted its focus more on behaviorist vs. cognitive psychology. The quest of understanding how people learn continues as society encourages learning and the importance of education. A learning theory attempts to describe how people and animals learn. B.F. Skinner and Albert Bandura are two psychologists who have made significant contributions to learning theories expounding the way human beings learn. Skinner’s theory focuses on observant behavior instead of the intellect, whereas Bandura’s works emphasizes the significance of cognitive social learning. Learning theories share a common goal to draw attention to the impact of an individual’s environment and the effect it has on personality and behavior. Affects of Learning Theories on Individual Personalities B.F. Skinner’s behavioral analysis premise provides conjecture to the development of an individual’s personality by way of discernible manners. The phrase “radical behaviorism” is a dogma Skinner cultivated. Skinner’s radical behaviorism was staying away from all theoretical constructs like ego, characters, initiatives, wants, and starvation (Feist & Feist, 2009). Skinner’s theory aids in analyzing an individual’s personality. As an addendum to Skinner’s behavioral analysis, Albert
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  • Spring '13
  • ThomMote
  • Psychology, Feist, B.F. Skinner, individual’s personality, Learning Theories on Interpersonal Relationships

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