Development of Personality Term Paper by Nicky

A brief look at the development of the individual and personality.
# 150074 | 761 words | 6 sources | APA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 24, 2012 in Psychology (Freud) , Psychology (Jung) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper briefly discusses how the subject of personality is one that is often complex to describe and understand and how this is because personality includes the concept of individuality and the variety of differences between one person and anther.The paper also examines how although certain personality types have been defined and categorized by psychologists, the issue of personality is one that is always open to fluctuation and variation largely due to the fact that personality is a combination of innate characteristics and variable social and environmental factors.

Defining Personality
Theoretical Approaches in Studying Personality
Factors that may Influence an Individual's Personality Development

From the Paper:

"The issue of personality from a contemporary psychological perceptive has been influenced by psychodynamic theories that became popular during the last century. A central example is the analysis of personality in terms of the human unconsciousness in the work of Sigmund Freud. This refers to the theoretical view that"...Many important aspects of personality are beyond our awareness and can be brought to consciousness only with great difficulty" (Ewen, 1998, p. 1). Therefore, many modern theorists attempt to understand personality in terms of an analysis of the underlying unconscious factors that influence personality development, motivation and identity. This approach was taken further by the work of Carl Jung, who developed a more comprehensive and holistic view in his theory of human archetypes. The archetypes are essentially common underlying patterns of consciousness termed the collective unconsciousness which contain "...inherited predispositions to perceive the world in certain ways" (Ewen, 1998, p. 1)."

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