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PERSONALITY DETERMINANTS or FACTORS OF PERSONALITY
Before discussing the DETERMINANTS OF PERSONALITY, it is necessary to define that WHAT IS 'PERSONALITY?' I have already defined it with quiet a detail in my other article. To read about Personality in detail, click HERE.
After the definition of Personality, we turn ourselves back to the DETERMINANTS OF PERSONALITY or PERSONALITY DETERMINANTS or FACTORS OF PERSONALITY (whatever you may call it) and study some other basic concepts of personality on our way down.
It is generally known that “Personality is the outcome of continuous personal quality development process. There may be different roles played by a single personality in different situations. So the personality is best recognized, defined and analyzed in a given particular situation.
NOTE: IF YOU WANT TO ANALYSE YOUR OWN PERSONALITY (Yes! If you want to identify your characteristics and traits and want to better understand yourself.)
Open the below given link, and after reading the following article, attempt a personality test – link has been given in that article.
And make sure that before reading all this articles, you must have read the most basic and fundamental article of this series, that “WHAT IS PERSONALITY?”
ABOUT PERSONALITY DETERMINANTS:Personality does not evolved by a single factor. It is a mixture of a lot of things. Some of those factors are psychological, some are physical, some are biological and some are even hereditary. So, I have compiled some of the basic factors that hold great importance when we talk about PERSONALITY DETERMINANTS:
Brain is one of the most important factors of personality determinant. It is generally believed that the father and the child adopt almost the same type of brain stimulation and the later differences are the result of the environment in which the child has been grown up.
Electrical Stimulation of the Brain (ESB) and Split Brain Psychology (SBP) and the outcomes of genetic transmissions and are the tools that are used by the management of any organization to mould and amend the employee’s behavior to a more positive and proper one.
2. Physical Factors
One of the most important factors in determining personality is the ‘Physical Characteristics’ of an individual. It is believed that this factor plays a vital role in determining one’s behavior in any organization. Physical features may involve the height of a person (short or tall), his color (white or black), his health status (fat or skinny) and his beauty (handsome or ugly).
These factors are involved when interacting with any other person and thus contribute in the personality development in many ways.
3. Social Factors
Social factors also play a vital role in determining one’s personality. The things that revolve and evolve around us on a regular basis determine our personality. The society that we live in, the cultural environment that we face daily, the community we get interacted to, all are included in this factor. Relationships, co-ordination, co-operation, interaction, environment in the family, organizations, workplaces, communities, societies all contribute in way or another as personality determinants.
4. Cultural and Religious Factors:
The culture in which one lives in, that may involve traditional practices, norms, customs, procedures, rules and regulations, precedents and values, all are important determinants of personality.
Moreover, the creed, religion and believes are also very important factors of personality determinants.
5. Heredity Factor:
Perhaps, the most surprising and astonishing factor (at least in my eyes) is the “Heredity Factor”. When I first read about that, I was quite stunned and really gave a bow to nature. The example which I read was really interesting, and I am writing the same extract that I read.
NOTE: This extract is being taken by the book “Essentials of Organizational Behavior – 10th Edition by Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy A. Judge and Seema Sanghi”
This book says:
Researchers in my many different countries have studies thousands of sets of identical twins who were separated at birth and raised separately. If heredity played little of no part in determining personality, you would expect to find few similarities between the separated twins. But the researchers found a lot in common. For instance, one set of twins who had been separated for 39 years and raised 45 miles apart, were found to drive the same model and color car. They chain-smoked the same brand of cigarette, owned dogs with the same name, and regularly enjoyed vacations within three blocks of each other in a beach community 1,500 miles away.
Yes I know it was a bit shocking :P
This book also reveals a wonderful fact about the study of identical twins. It says:
Interestingly, the twin studies have suggested the parental environment does not add much to our personality development. In other words, the personalities of identical twins raised in different households are more similar to each other than to the personalities of the siblings they were actually raised with. Ironically, the most important contribution our parents may have made to our personalities is giving us their genes!
The above extract really added to my knowledge, so I found it interesting to share with you all (with all the courtesy and respect to the authors). Heredity IS really an important factor in the determinants of personality. Physical structure, facial attractiveness, gender, temperament, energy level, aggression, element of love are some of the most notable features that affect the interaction with others and thus formulate the personality, BUT these things their selves come from the ‘Heredity Factor’.
THE NEXT ARTICLE IN THIS SERIES AFTER DETERMINANTS OF PERSONALITY IS:
I hope you may have found the above personality determinants interesting and useful. Any corrections, feedbacks, opinions and comments are welcome =)