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Personality, is the deeply ingrained and relatively enduring patterns of thought, feeling and behavior.

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Personality, is the deeply ingrained and relatively enduring patterns of thought, feeling and behavior. Personality usually refers to that which is unique about a person, the characteristics that distinguish him or her from other people. Thought, emotion, and behavior as such do not constitute a personality, which is, rather the disposition that underlies these elements. Personality implies predictability about how a person will act or react under different circumstances. Theorists emphasize different aspects of personality and disagree about it's organization, development, and manifestation in behavior . One of the most influential theoretical systems is the psychoanalytic theory of Sigmund Freud and his followers. Freud believed that unconscious processes direct a great part of a person's behavior . Although a person is unaware of these impulses and drives, they strive to assert themselves. Sigmund Freud developed the theory of psychoanalysis, which is referred to as a therapy and as a personality theory. Personality in this theory is viewed as unconscious and occurring in stages. According to him in order to understand one's personality, one has to explore the symbolic meaning of behavior and deep inner working of the mind. This just goes to show that to really get to know some one you have to look deeper than what the eyes can see. ...read more.


Holland gives attention to behavioral style of personality types as major influence in career choices and development. He believes that in order to be successful and satisfied in ones career it is necessary to choose an occupation that is congruent with one's personality and that an individual's personality is the primary factor in terms of vocational choices. This theory has been described as structural interactive because it provides an explicit link with various personality characteristic and corresponding job titles. Holland assumes that it is best if members of any occupational group have similar personality and histories of personal development. He suggest that if persons in an occupational group have similar personalities they will respond to many situations and problems in similar ways and that the closer one's personality matches their job the greater satisfaction they would achieve on their job. In this theory it is observed that individuals are attracted to jobs in which the environment reflects their personality and that choices of an occupation is an expression of one's personality. William Glasser in his theory of personality development sees personality development as a function of how well individuals learn to meet their needs and states that the degree to which they are capable of meeting their needs largely determines whether they function appropriately. ...read more.


Their siblings can influence children. Carl Gustav Jung believes that there are two basic personality types extroverted and introverted which alternate equally in the completely normal individual. Jung also believe that the unconscious mind is formed by the personal unconscious (the repressed feeling and thoughts developed during an individual's life), and the collective unconscious (those inherited feeling thoughts and memories shared by all humanity). As I conclude I must say that though all of the views shared by the different theorist was not exactly the same they all had something in common, in that it all had to do with development of an individual at one stage or another in his/her life span and in each view certain aspect of those developmental stages shaped the individual personality. I think it is safe to say that personality emerges or is sculptured from early childhood experiences in most cases and thus plays an important part in determining who you will become in the future. It is very clear to see that an individual's environment and relationship with parent in early stages also contribute to one's personality. In the final analysis if one is to say what a healthy personality should consist of, it would be, having a realistic perception of oneself, sticking to one's moral code, defining and clarifying his/her values, knowing what he/she wants and knowing how much he wants it. ...read more.

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