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What is a Personality? What does a Personality mean?
WHAT IS PERSONALITY?
I was always bothered by a question that why people are different in so many ways? (of course I haven't read about Personality till then)
People ARE different. For example, many people are loud and aggressive, while some of the people are just the opposite of them i.e. calm and chilled. Many people tend to be quiet and passive, while some people are active and want to lead from the front in every part of life. Some people are shy, timid, some are peaceful and some are full of anger and rage.
As I got matured, I found the answer in the study of PERSONALITIES. People are different from each other because they tend to possess different ‘PERSONALITIES’ and ‘VALUES’.
NOTE: FOR THE PURPOSE OF BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THIS VAST FIELD ABOUT PERSONALITY, I HAVE WRITTEN TWO OTHER ARTICLES AS WELL:
I would suggest you to, read this article in the order it has been written and mentioned, to have a better understanding and grasp over this subject of personality.
There is a very common misconception among us about WHAT DO WE MEAN BY PERSONALITY?
By personality, we do not mean that:
1. A person is tall, broad with blue eyes, or
2. A person who always talk with a pleasant and gentle smile on his face, or
3. If he is chivalrous or not, or
4. He is got a positive attitude towards life and to the problems he faces, or
5. If he or she is one of the most hot and desired celebrity of the Hollywood
What psychologists mean when they talk of personality? They talk about one’s whole psychological system and its growth and development or the sum total of all the ways in which a person reacts and interacts with others.
By coming to a more technical aspect, we may find the definition of personality that is given by Gordon Allport, quite interesting, comprehensive and useful at the same time. He defined personality as:
”The dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his unique adjustments to his environment.”This definition is quite comprehensive and one of the most frequently used definition. It also refers to the point I mentioned (in a more technical way though) that Personality is a sum total of all the different ways in which a person reacts and interacts with others.
Now the question arises in everyone’s mind that HOW THIS PERSONALITY IS FORMED WITHIN AN INDIVIDUAL?
Is a personality has been already formed at the time of birth? Means, does it has any link with the heredity factor? OR
Does a personality is formed because of the environmental effects, in which a person has been grown up?
If you want the answer to those questions, you may find the following link interesting. Have a look at this:
If you are more interested in how a person’s personality is measured i.e. the study about the Different Personality Measurement Models, you may want to have a look at the following link:
I have left a link of a personality test in the above mentioned article, that I would highly recommend you to take, because It will help you in MANY ways, to better understand yourself, and I a pretty sure that you will find it very much useful.
Comments and feedbacks are always welcome.