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Perception on human relationships - Personality, which we infer from the behaviour of individuals, must, we assume, be a key factor in communication - But are relationships based around having similar personalities? Do opposites really attract?

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Introduction

Perception on Human RelationshipsAshlee Male

Personality, which we infer from the behaviour of individuals, must, we assume, be a key factor in communication. But are relationships based around having similar personalities? Do opposites really attract?

To investigate this I researched personality traits devised by R.B Cattrell. I got two couples to rate their own personalities, and their partners, using a scale of 1 – 10 for each oppositional trait.

        The first couple had been together for three months, in spite of opposite personalities shown by the divergent ‘Cattrell graphs’. The female thinks she’s venturesome and outgoing, the male says he’s reserved, serious and timid.

I don’t think the female is very

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The couple have potential; they have lasted three months. To resolve the problems and strengthen the relationship, the female needs to realise that her boyfriend is not boring. He is just shy. As well as this being a personality clash, it’s also due to perception and self-concept. The way the male sees himself affects the way he communicates. He sees himself as quiet and shy, so he isn’t very positive in talking to his girlfriend, and has difficulty starting conversations.

To resolve this communication problem the male needs to learn to communicate in a more positive way so he will get a more positive view of himself. He could

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Conclusion

        ‘Personality clashes’ are causing problems in these relationships. In reality however, it is not so much the clashing personality traits in themselves which cause problems so much as the various individuals’ perceptions of their own and their partners’ behaviour. In fact, personality is based on our perceptions of the ‘meaning’ of behaviour.

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