Explain Eysenck's Approach to Understanding Personality. Is Personalit

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Before examining Eysencks approach to understanding personality, we need to define what personality is. Dictionary definition (1) Personality – the sum of all the behavioral and mental characteristics by means of which an individual is recognised as being unique. What is meant by personality? It is the inner quality of a person, the sum of their life experiences, the way the environment affects a persons' outlook and a conscious choice. Personality is not better or worse than any other person's. Scientifically, we all have a personality and each on is different. Definitions of personality conventionally excludes physical differences such as height or strength, although these obviously affect personality. Eysencks personality…show more content…
NEUROTIC generally are better at performing arts PSYCHOTICS are high in independence, they are ruthless, very original and creative, they are not a good family man / woman / loyal friend. If coupled with stability it is very advantageous, if coupled with instability it is disastrous. Research into Eysencks dimensions comes in the form of questionnaires which merely ask people details about themselves, hobbies and preferences which can then be scored objectively. Therefore they share some similarities with the measurement techniques of other psychologists. Eysenck presented large samples of people with questions about themselves, he then factor analysed their responses to find certain personality attributes which are found together. For example, a sociable person tends to be talkative, impulsive and lively these all arise from an underlying personality trait. For the presentation, Katie produced a shortened version of Eysencks Personality Inventory (EPI), which she explained to the class. (See attached questionnaire) There are a numerous questions each relating to the N and E score. Your response to each question dictates whether you get a mark or not. There are no right or wrong answers as the questionnaires are purely subjective. One of the biggest problems with personality measurement is that we have to assume that people are being honest when they answer the questions about themselves. Form B on the questionnaire is not objective therefore when
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