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Dispositional Personalities Theory
A discussion of several dispositional theories of personality as set forth in the work of some of the most distinguished theorists in this field.
# 129009 | 1,386 words | 7 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 25, 2010 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper discusses dispositional theories of personality, beginning with Gordon Allport's theory and definition of personality. The writer explains that dispositional theory addresses the multi-dimensional nature of individual personality, maintaining that some personality traits are relatively stable whereas other traits are specific to certain situations. The ideas of other theorists, such as McCrae, Costa, and Eysenck, are also discussed, and the paper concludes that each of their analyses helps to explain individual personality development though each theorist had a different perspective on development.

Allport's Psychology of the Individual
Healthy Personality
Three Personality Dimensions
Factors of Personality
Dispositional Theories Conceptualize Interpersonal Relationships
Dispositional Theories Conceptualize Situational Behavior

From the Paper:

"Theoretical perspectives are often eclectic in nature in their study of personality. Various theories characterize human cognition, motivation, and behavior. Personality studies focus on similarities in behavior as well as specific traits that make individual differences among all people. Psychologists' conceptualizing important facets of personality allows them to make distinctions between motives and drives, and internal and external forces that create these distinct individual traits in humans. Therefore, dispositional personality theory does not address one single aspect of personality. The theory emphasizes the uniqueness of all humans and the differences in growing personalities throughout the lifespan. More than any other personality theorist, a leading American Psychologist Gordon Allport emphasized the uniqueness of the individual."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allport, Gordon Willard. (2002). In Biographical Dictionary of Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/routbiopsy/allport_gordon_willard
  • ALLPORT'S THEORY OF PERSONALITY. (2006). In Elsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/estpsyctheory/allport_s_theory_of_personality
  • Berschied, E. (1994). Interpersonal Relationships. Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota retrieved from http://arjournals.annualreviews.org/doi/abs/10.1146%2Fannurev.ps.
  • Eysenck, Hans Jurgen. (2002). In Biographical Dictionary of Psychology. Retrieved from http://www.credoreference.com/entry/routbiopsy/eysenck_hans_jurgen
  • Feist, J., & Feist, G. (2009). Theories of personality (7th ed.). Retrieved from https://ecampus.phoenix.edu/content/ebookLibrary2/content/TOC.aspx?

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