What is personality


What is personality

What is personality

What is personality? Personality is characteristic patterns of your thinking, feeling and acting. A definition found on a Wordmaster Travel Plus Thesaurus defines personality as “the pattern of one’s individual qualities”. It also defines one’s nature as the same thing. Perhaps some people may differentiate them a little in that some may believe that personality is indeed thinking, feeling and behaving, but possibly shaped somewhat by one’s environment or environmental influences and that one’s nature may perhaps include the “untouched”/ the uninfluenced deepest parts of oneself more from basically a genetic point of view without any influences from environmental or influential factors. This is only one point of view about personality and nature. Many people see them as much the same and there is also a contrast in beliefs about how or even if personality is shaped by environmental circumstances at all. All-in-all, regardless of how our personalities are formed, your personality is generally your characteristic thinking, feeling and acting (American Psychological Association, n.d.).

With this description in mind, it does not necessarily point to how personality is formed. The early Greeks believed that personality was dependent upon bodily substances, whether that be the presence or absence of such substances. Other beliefs include the size and shape of one’s head (phrenology), while another belief includes the form and shape of one’s body (morphology). Many Japanese people believe blood type determines personality, while others believe the zodiac attributes personality. Contemporary practices or models such as cognitive theory and the social learning theory differ again. Cognitive theory states that one’s beliefs affect emotions and behaviours (and the other way around), while social learning theory states upholds that we learn (through observation) via the environment (Miller & Shelly, 2000, pp. 7-19).

Cognitive theory, or Cognitive Therapy falls under the umbrella term of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). Most people interested in mental health have at least heard about CBT. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that CBT is a highly effective treatment for mental health disorders such as depression and particular anxiety disorders (Beyond Blue, n.d.). As CBT involves homework tasks which involves things such as recording one’s thoughts (to put it very simply), it may be argued that particular personality types prefer, or respond better to other types of treatment.

Your comments and opinions are most welcomed about what you think personality is, how it is formed, and how some people might respond to other therapies better than they do with CBT.

Thank you for reading ‘What is Personality?


What is personality

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Americam Psychological Association, (n.d.). Personality. Retrieved June 24, 2018, from http://www.apa.org/topics/personality/

Beyond Blue, (n.d.). Psychological treatments for depression. Retrieved June 24, 2018, from https://www.beyondblue.org.au/the-facts/depression/treatments-for-depression/psychological-treatments-for-depression

Miller, A. R. & Shelly, S. (2000). The complete idiot’s guide to personality profiles. Indianapolis, USA: Alpha Books


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