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Introduction to Personality Paper 1 Introduction to Personality Paper Evelyn Davis Psy 405/Personality Psychology July 11, 2011 Linda O’Conner
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Introduction to Personality Paper 2 Introduction to Personality Personality psychologists do not agree on a solitary definition for the word “personality.” This causes contradictions throughout the study of personality. One agreement is that personality comprises characteristics of an individual as well as the physical traits both genetic and inherit- able. These traits and characteristics often significantly influence an individual’s intrinsic out- look and his or her appearance to other people. Studying the different approaches to personality psychology offers a better understanding of a controversial and vague field of science. Definitions of Personality The word “personality” is derivative of the latin word “persona,” that means “the mask used by actors” (Fleeson & Noftle, 2008, p. 1356). Another definition for the same word is “the role or the character played by an actor” (2008). The concept of a personality as a role a person plays during a performance of life is often a topic of significant interest among philosophers and psychologists. Often a person’s uniqueness and differences from other individuals create the ideal concept of a personality to the general population. No solitary definition exists that psycho- logists and philosophers agree upon for the word “personality.” The world population tends to agree that the general explanation of the word is “those internal stable factors that make people systematically and predictably different from one another” (McAdams & Pals, 2006, p. 204). This concept may be more understandable in recognizing that “personality is a stable set of char- acteristics and tendencies that determine those commonalities and differences in the psychologic- al behavior (thoughts, feelings, and actions) of people that have continuity in time, and that may not be easily understood as the sole result of the social and biological pressures of the moment” (2008).
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Introduction to Personality Paper 3 Professionals in personality psychology find difficulty in determining an agreeable and unanimous definition for a person’s personality. Many different mental, physical and emotional Psychoanalytic Approach to Personality
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