Hans Eysenck's Theory Of Personality

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Discuss the claim by Eysenck and his supporters that personality is fundamental to all areas of psychology.

Hans Eysenck is largely known for his broad yet distinct outlook on psychology and the branches that come under its name, one of his extremes being that of personality. This may explain the reason for his set of followers and devotees, one such as Philip J. Corr who in his article (Corr, P. J. (2007). Personality and psychology: Hans Eysenck 's unifying themes. The Psychologist, 20, 666-669), reinstates the fact of Eysenck’s prevailing influence in the world of psychology. Every new psychologist undertakes his own definition of ‘personality’; perhaps it is that it is a particular pattern of behaviour and thinking that prevails across
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As cited in Corr’s article, the psychiatrist Aubrey Lewis wrote, ‘Personality is so cardinal a matter… any ambiguity in the concept or uncertainty about how to describe and measure the qualities it stands for, must weaken the whole structure of psychiatry…’ This leads to the argument of Corr that perhaps British psychologists have failed to recognise the significance of personality and the strengths it could have for psychology overall (Corr, P. J. 2007). A problem in the study of personality is the ambiguity psychologists are leaving behind with regards to definitions, use of research and projective tests of personality where they might describe it but fail to explain what it actually …show more content…
Although limited methods of research are still in place to uncover personality (something in which would disappoint Eysenck to a great extent) and the dwindling use of experiments in which could be beneficial for its development have not made great progress, personality as an area of psychology has made some advancement in influencing psychologists, for example; Gray and Maslow. Gordon W. Allport even goes as far as to assess the present state of the psychology of personality and indicates its relevance to human welfare and religion. (Allport, G. W. (1955). Becoming; basic considerations for a psychology of personality (Vol. 20). Yale University Press.) What Eysenck was trying to point out was how much more of an advancement the uniting of personality with psychology could have, rather than continually alienating one another. As cited in Corr’s article on his unifying themes, from a line from Abraham Lincoln’s famous speech: ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ (Corr, P. J.

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