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PERSONALITY Outline Definition of Personality Measurement of Personality Theories of personality Trait theory Psychoanalytic/ Psychodynamic Theory Definition of Personality The word Personality is very commonly used word. The meaning of the word personality is different in Psychology as compared to common language meaning. In Psychology, there are numerous definitions of Personality. Each definition focuses on certain aspect of Personality. Personality theorists have defined personality based upon empirical evidences . These evidences explain how individual differences occur. Based upon these definitions, they predict how an individual will behave based upon his or her personality. We will focus on the most widely accepted definition, which is described as following: “Personality is an individuals’ unique and relatively stable pattern of thoughts, feelings and actions. Personality
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describes you as a person. It is personality which distinguishes one person from another person”. It is the personality of the individual which is indicative of the behavior pattern an individual may display. Above definition incorporates 3 key words to describe Personality. Those key words are 1. It is unique . Every individual’s personality is unique. 2. Personality is relatively stable . It does not change frequently. People, who are shy, generally remain shy. They are not shy one day and outgoing next day. 3. Behavior pattern of an individual can be predicted based upon his or her personality.
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