• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Personality.There are a number of different theories that try to explain how personality develops and some of the main ones are: Biological Theory

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Personality Theories of Personality: There are a number of different theories that try to explain how personality develops and some of the main ones are: * Biological Theory * Psychodynamic Theory * Humanistic Theory * Social Learning Theory * Trait Theory Biological Theory: Early theories of personality tended to focus upon biological aspects. These have now moved on from the simple ones proposed by the Greeks, which assigned individuals to one of four categories, depending upon the predominance of bodily fluids. However, it is important to note that those who support the biological explanation do not believe that all behavior, all the time, is under biological influences. There are certain biological factors that influence sporting behavior, for example, height and body shape, but no sport psychologist would claim that these are the basis of personality, rather that there is an interaction between the biological factors and personality. Psychodynamic Theory: Freud is the most famous psychologist associated with psychodynamic theory. ...read more.

Middle

Neither theory has played a significant role in the links between personality and sport. Trait Theory: The main belief to this theory is that individuals possess certain personality traits that are relatively stable and enduring over time. Therefore it means that if traits can e identified, behaviour can, to a point, be predicted. A predisposition toward a certain trait does not mean that individuals will always act in that way but there is a strong likelihood. For example, a person who has a high level of trait competitiveness would be expected to be competitive in a range of different situations. Multi-trait theories aim to identify the range of traits that are central to personality and hence give an indication of the person as a whole. The assumption of these theories is that we all share the same basic personality structure but we differ in the amount we display particularly traits. The two main trait theorists are Eysenck and Cattell. ...read more.

Conclusion

Single-trait theorists are not aiming to investigate the whole of personality; rather they are focusing on one aspects of personality and attempting to explain how that personality trait influences behaviour. These include theories such as 'Rotter's locus of control' and 'McClellend's need for achievement'. Critical Analyse: Trait theories have generated an enormous amount of personality research and offer an appealing approach to the explanation of personality. However, critics argue that identified traits are quite poor predictors of actual behaviour, as people do not always behave in exactly the same way. Trait theories also fail to take into account individuals' experience and the knowledge they have gained about themselves. Social Learning Theory: According to social learning theory, behaviour is not a result of unconscious motives; rather it is learnt through the environment. Therefore personality traits are less important as the environment is salient. The main ways in which our personalities develop, according to this theory, re modeling, learning through observation and through reinforcement (behaviors that are reinforced are likely to be repeated). ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Social Psychology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Social Psychology essays

  1. An Investigation to see whether the halo effect is present when rating personality ...

    individuals were efficiently assigned to Condition 1 and Condition 2, Condition 1 were given the 'attractive picture' first to rate on personality traits and then the 'unattractive' picture whereas in Condition 2 participants were given the 'unattractive' picture first to rate followed by the 'attractive' picture.

  2. Persuasion Theory.

    (Cutlip, Center, & Broom, 1985). It could be argued that most people these days take an interest in the environment, or at least are more aware of the issues than they were 15 years ago. Thus, the success of Greenpeace's Brent Spar campaign was aided by the fact that its

  1. Psychology, personality & teamwork

    This player is Roy Keane. When you see Keane on the pitch he shines out if that be in the tackle or leading from the front. He is a very aggressive and passionate character and lets everything he has on the pitch every week.

  2. Write about what each of the four personality factors mean and why do you ...

    Sensing and intuition indicate how people process information, in sensing personality they tend to believe in their five senses and see things as what they are, they are more realistic, practical and very aware of their surroundings. On the other hand intuition people tend to focus on the future and

  1. Causes of Aggressive Behavior

    The fourth theory of predisposition/situation states that a person who is concerned more than the average person regarding personal power is also more aggressive and more likely to be a heavy drinker (Graham, 1980). Alcohol-induced aggression can also cause two types of aggressive behavior: self-inflicted injury or suicide (Berman and McCloskey, 2003), and displaced aggression (Aviles, Earleywine, and Pollock, 2005).

  2. Deindividuation theories.

    The theory consists of high and low self-awareness. The former is when attention is drawn to oneself as an individual and hence the individual can monitor and regulated behaviour. The latter involves attention being drawn outwards, monitoring of behaviour stops and hence is influenced by cues in the immediate environment.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work