Personality Theory And The Psychological Processes Of Functioning And Psychopathology

2377 Words May 14th, 2016 10 Pages

Personality theory is a branch of psychology which examines personality as integral to the psychological processes of functioning and psychopathology. There are different areas of personality theory, such as the roots of personality in the individual, and the role of personality in achieving happiness, productivity, etc. The core of all personality research is centered on the question of nature versus nurture. The fundamental question is whether personality is a “naturally” derived thing hardwired in at birth or as socialized through the “nurturing” of the parent in youth. Secondary to this question, though working quite in conjunction, is that of whether or not personality is a stable thing over one’s lifespan, or if it is something which can be change and molded.


Although there is no universally accepted definition for what personality is, the most widely accepted interpretation of personality is the pattern of relatively permanent traits and unique characteristics that give both consistency and individuality to a person’s behavior (Feist & Feist, 2009). Previous research has found a connection between personality and many aspects of life. Every person ever born into this world has great potential and abilities. Upbringing and innate capacity regulates the development of personality type. Different experiences from…
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