Biological And Humanistic Approaches Of Personality Development

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Biological and humanistic approaches to personality
Shauntale Mc Glory
PSY 250
University of Phoenix

Personality is defined as the personal differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving that differentiate a person from another. According to the American Psychology Association, personality develops through a repeated pattern of thoughts, outlook and behavior that occurs throughout a person’s lifespan (2016). Numerous theories seek to explain personality development. The essay is going to discuss both the biological theories that consider genetics as the common factor and individuals being a product of the environment they reside. The biological perspective on personality is largely based on the internal physiological and genetic factors that influence personality. Temperament is the tendencies that individuals portray at birth. According to research by Thomas and Chess in 1977, children are born and grouped in different perspective explaining this aspect. For example; they may be easy, difficult or slow. An individual’s temperament is the fundamental psychological aspect observed after birth (Cervone, & Pervin, 2015, 22-24). Genetics is another biological influence on the development of personality. Theorists and researchers hold that the family that a person is born into plays a crucial role in transmitting their traits, qualities and features mainly inherited from their parents and ancestors. The transfer of these attributes is as a…

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