The Traditional Theories Of Personality

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Motivation Traditional theories of personality are structural accounts of behavior and behaviorists look at past and present behaviors and do not refer to internal structures to account for behavior (Phelps, 2015). Strategies, plans, goals, values, and other constructs, are considered characteristic adaptations that are mainly associated with motivational aspects (McAdams & Olson, 2010). According to many personality psychologists, people are self-regulating and organize their lives around goal attainment; they make choices and will their identities into existence (McAdams & Olson, 2010). Implicit motivations are motivations that are not accessible by the conscious and are defined as “changes in experience, thought, or action that are attributable …show more content…
The first portion of personality theory that will be discussed is nature versus nurture. The primary Biblical example when discussing nature versus nurture is Jesus Christ. Matthew 1:18-20 (NASB) describes the virgin conception through the power of the Holy Spirit, and it is written: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” There is no better example is the Bible where nature would play a more prominent role in personality than Jesus himself. While Joseph and Mary were righteous people, the genetic influence of the Holy Spirit would be more powerful than that of Mary, and Joseph had no genetic influence at all. The first example of the influence of nature in Jesus is shown in Luke 2:41-52 (NASB). At this time Jesus was a young boy, age 12, (Luke 2:42, NASB) and accompanied Joseph and Mary to Jerusalem for the feast of Passover (Luke 2:41, NASB). After the celebration of Passover when they were returning home, it was noticed that Jesus was missing after they had already been traveling for an entire day; they returned to Jerusalem, looking for Him for three days before he was located in the temple amongst the teachers, listening, asking questions, and amazing those around Him with His understanding and answers (Luke 2:43-46, NASB). What other explanation can there be for His knowledge and understanding to be so developed at such an early age that he amazed the teacher in the temple than

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