The Importance Of Psychology On Personality

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Psychology is, in brief definition, the “scientific study of behavior and mental processes” (Wood, Wood, & Boyd, 2014, p. 3). Even more so than that, it also studies the effect of variables from an environment on a person’s mind and ideas. A lot of the subject of psychology studies what factors could lead to a possible outcome and why susceptibility to certain problems and to certain character traits could be a result of these factors. Theoretically, it is impossible to make an exact science to explain why something happens because every individual reacts differently to situations and therefore needs individual processes with the help of a psychologist to get to the root of a difficulty. Environment is a heavy concept in psychology because …show more content…
364). We know that personality tendency is 50 percent environmentally impacted, but can it be changed? A belief is a huge aspect of personality because it can change how one responds to different situations and how they decide what is most important. Because beliefs can change and adjust over time, a personality is flexible and can be “shaped by experience” (Dweek, 2008). Someone else’s experiences are different from mine, and that can make our beliefs differ and therefore change our personalities. If one were to, for example, be exposed to only one mindset for their entire lives, their beliefs would be different from another who grew up around a different mindset and therefore, through role modeling, likely change their personalities. Personality is a very complex concept that could be difficult to explain and break down, but from our knowledge of role modeling and psychosocial theories, we can assume that environment plays a large role on a person’s views. If one’s experiences change, however, this could mean that their beliefs and therefore a certain aspect of their personality could change as …show more content…
Traits are defined as “personal qualities or characteristics that make it possible for us to face a wide variety of situational demands and deal with unforeseen circumstances” (De Raad & Kokkonen, 2000). Gordon Allport “claimed that each person inherits a unique set of raw materials for given traits, which are then shaped by experiences” (Allport & Odbert, 1936). A person’s personality is very important, because it essentially is who they are and how they will always believe and behave. Every person has their own individual distinct traits, and psychologists have long analyzed what makes up a personality to better understand a person’s tendencies because of it. While the five-factor model does explain personality in a simple way, it does not describe why every individual is so unique and different or capture how culture and environment influence it (Wood et al., 2014, p. 377). Every culture has their own idea of what are good traits and bad traits and may influence a person’s personality development. In some cultures, people who are considered successful tend to be quiet and introversive, while in others they may be loud and outspoken. How a culture nurtures an individual can greatly influence how they view themselves and their traits and what they believe could be viewed more

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