Personality Traits And Theories Of Personality

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The term personality has been defined several times in different ways throughout the history of psychology. A definition that captures much of what is meant by personality was described as “more or less stable, internal factors that make one person’s behaviour consistent from one time to another, and different from the behaviour other people would manifest in comparable situations” by Child (1968) (Eysenck, 1994). This definition is very broad and it includes personality traits as well as intelligence that are considered as aspects of personality. There is a difference between moods or emotions and personality. According to many psychologists personality is stable and does not change dramatically over the time, whereas moods and emotions may change over shortish periods, because those can be collated with external behaviour, on the other hand if personality determined behaviour then everyone would behave in identical pattern to different situations. That’s why there are individual differences. It is assumed that there are such individual differences that are revealed by different ways of behaving in different situations. That means that for example introverted people would be shyer in a social group or in the comparison extraverted people will talk more. This leads us to personality traits. There are many theories of personality traits such as: they are habitual patterns of behaviour, thought and emotion (Kassin, 2004), which means that there are different patterns in…
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