Introduction to Personality Theory Term Paper

Introduction to Personality Theory
An introductory overview and analysis of perosonality theory in psychology.
# 129035 | 1,260 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Aug 26, 2010 in Psychology (Theory)

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This paper provides an overview and analysis of the basic psychological theories behind personality development. The paper asserts that one of the most powerful and fundamental aspects governing behavior is the very essence of what makes each of us individuals - personality. The paper explores the personality theories of psychologists Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, and Carl Jung, comparing and contrasting the elements of their beliefs. The paper states that the development of personality continues to be a central focus of psychology, and is fundamental to understanding what role it plays in behavior. Finally, the paper concludes that behavior, being the absolute fundamental of modern psychology, is guided largely by personality, and it is only through the understanding of personality that humankind can truly understand the inner workings of the mind.

Theories of Personality
Development of Personality

From the Paper:

"Traits are primarily innate aspects of a person's mental functioning and may be largely governed by genetics. These traits may be very individualized, may be shared by a group of similar individuals, or may even be shared by all humankind. It is the differences in these patterns that creates the foundations of a unique personality (Feist & Feist, 2009).
"Characteristics are highly individualized aspects of a person's mental functioning, and include constantly fluctuating attributes such as temperament, physical health, and intelligence. Characteristics are gained and changed throughout the life of an individual, but have a much more measurable effect upon personality as a whole (Feist & Feist, 2009)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Feist, J. & Feist, G. (2009). Theories of Personality, (7th ed.). McGraw Hill.
  • Maslow, A. H. (1987). Motivation and Personality (3rd ed.). Harper & Row.
  • Myers, D.G. (2008). Social Psychology, (9th ed.). McGraw Hill.

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