The approaches to personality provide different understandings of an individual's personality in the following manner:
Personality psychology aims to uncover or study the three elements of the psychological triad, that is, feelings, thoughts, and behavior. The three facets often work in collaboration but may sometimes act in a contradictory manner. For instance, an individual who is aware of the harmful consequences of smoking on their health and well-being continues to do so as it tends to relax and de-stress them. Consequently, knowing or understanding an individual or oneself [self-awareness or self-knowledge] is difficult to accomplish as unpredictability lies between the three factors of the psychological triad. For this reason, the ultimate goal of this sub-field of psychology is to uncover, explain, or understand an individual in a holistic manner.
Depending on the following approaches, personality psychology can be conceptualized, which would aid in decoding individual personality traits: