Biological and Humanistic Approaches Personality Assessment

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Biological and Humanistic Approaches Personality Assessment PSY/250 Shelly Hall August 22, 2009 Introduction
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Many psychologists have theories regarding the human mind and personality. The study focused on in this paper is that of the biological versus the humanistic theory of personality. Experts in psychology have been attempting to figure out why people act the way they do. The intent of the studies is to determine which of the two theories is the most valid and apparent in our personalities. The biological theory believes that genetics determine who we are and also suggests that our brains are wired in such a way that our behavior is determined by who or where we came from. Some individuals are extroverts, some introverted. Some personalities could be considered neurotic while others could be labeled as psychotic. For example, an extrovert may prefer a busy or noisy setting or location in which to socialize with others. An introvert, on the other hand, would become too anxious because of what they perceive as a chaotic environment and seek a quieter, more intimate surrounding. A person labeled “neurotic” is likely to be constantly concerned with themselves and how all situations will affect them, usually negatively. They will not only worry about these things, but also dwell on them and act out their emotions. Typically, people who seem to lack sympathy, who are very aggressive, and tend to show little regard for others feelings are sometimes referred to as being psychotic. The humanistic theory is based on the idea that a person’s life is determined by actions
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This note was uploaded on 09/17/2011 for the course PSY 250 taught by Professor Lesliekille during the Fall '09 term at University of Phoenix.

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