Learning Personality Theories

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Learning Personality Theories PSY/405 August 8, 2011 Linda O 'Connor Learning Personality Theories Psychologists have attempted to explain personality with the development of various personality theories. Each theory varies in regard to explanations and views. Each theory of learning personality provides explanations, ideology, and dimensions. Learning personality theories focus mainly on interactions individuals have with his or her environment. Each theory believes that individuals react with his or her environment based largely on cognitive factors. In this paper, learning personality theories are examined. Behavior Analysis Theory According to Feist and Feist (2009) behavioral theorist Skinner, Watson, and Thomdike believe…show more content…
The social cognitive theory is found to be a useful theory among teachers and therapists. Cognitive Social Learning Theory The cognitive learning theory of personality is very influential in the understanding of knowledge and personality development. According to Miller (1992) Bandura has the most accreditation for the development of the ideas within the cognitive social learning theory. Many propositions of Bandura follow primary concepts of typical personality theories, but offer that individual reinforcements do not show basis for sole accreditation of learning. According to Miller (1992) three central components create the cognitive social learning theory: people learn through observing, internally-driven mentalities are necessary for the learning process, and learning a behavior does not always equal a change. Observational Learning According to Drewes (2008) the learning theory consists of three observable models. The first model is live and contains a human that demonstrates or acts out a particular behavior. The second model requires verbal instructions that involve explanations and descriptions of a certain action. The third model involves symbolism of actual or fake characters that display behavior typical of certain literature, movies, television series, and online material. Intrinsic Reinforcement According to Drewes (2008) externally and environmentally-driven
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