University of Phoenix Material
Using the textbook, the University Library, the Internet, and/or other resources, answer the following questions. Your responses to each question will vary but overall should be 700- to 1,050-words in length.
1. How would you define personality?
According to Friedman and Schustack (2012), personality is an area of psychology (p. 2). According to Pappas (2013), "Psychologists who try to tease out the science of who we are define personality as individual differences in the way people tend to think, feel and behave” (para. 1). One of the extensive subjects that the study of personality revolves around is being able to comprehend the unique discrepancies in certain personality characteristics, for example kindness or irritability. The other distinctive subject is becoming familiar with how the various characteristics of a person combine together as a single building block (Psychology Topics, 2014). As for my definition of personality, it is what makes a human being a person.
2. What are some key personality features that define you?
There are a lot of different kinds of personalities which can make it difficult sometimes to categorize someone into a specific group. Especially since a single person can possess several different personality traits. Personality traits can be categorized into three groups – actions, attitudes, and behaviors. Some traits are positive, such as daring, sociable, confident, etc. Other traits are negative, for example weak, shy, skeptical, etc. I was diagnosed with bipolar; therefore, it is difficult to differentiate whether the feelings I am feeling are really me or the mental disorder. Some of my personality traits are persistent, pickiness, observant, and bossy. During a manic episode I can be impulsive with my decision-making, have thoughts, scatterbrained, unreliable, and become extremely overwhelmed and unreasonable at times. On the other hand, during a...