What Exactly is Personality?
You think more about personality than you realize on a daily basis. You are constantly thinking about why someone reacts the way they do or why someone is acting a certain way. Personality psychologists spend a lot of time looking at the individual traits and essentially at what makes people tick. Your informal assessments are similar to what psychologists do because you are focusing on the small characteristics that are behind a person's personality. Personality psychologists do this too and then they apply it to the population as a whole.
Research into human personalities has resulted in a number of theories being developed. This further helps to explain how people develop certain personality traits. As you learn more about personalities and what makes people tick, you will start to find trends among families and among people who spend a lot of time together. You will start to notice certain traits that are more dominant among like groups.
Looking at the Definition of Personality
One of the most interesting things about personality is that there is no one definition. A number of experts have defined it in several ways over the years. Briefly, personality consists of a number of thoughts, behaviors, patterns and feelings that make you a unique person. Personality is quite consistent throughout a person's life. The personality that you have comes from within you and while outside influences can play a role in shaping it, the changes that can occur as a result of the outside environment are generally subtle at best.
Exploring the Different Elements of Personality
When you are looking at a personality, there are four primary things that make it up. When you are using the loose definition listed above, you can see that patterns of emotion and thought and certain traits play an integral role in your personality. There are other fundamental characteristics that work to make up someone's personality, including:
Theories About Personality
There are many different theories that personality researchers base their research on. Some of the most common of these theories are what you should start to learn:
As you can see, personality is complex and something you really need to dive into to start understanding it. You will get some of the well-known basics here that allow you to start getting further into what you need to understand. As you get further into learning about personality, you will find that many things you believed to true are not and many things you thought to be false are true. Getting started with the basics gives you a general understanding of how personality is shaped and how it works to impact a person's life.
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