Personality Perspectives

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Personality Perspectives

Stephanie A. Pingel

PSY 203


Personality Perspectives

Personality is a fickle thing; it seems only observational behavior is recognized as a main study, but how this behavior come to be is another story. Understanding both sides is absolutely necessary for understanding the way an individual behaves, and how they come to behave in a certain way.
Cognitive and Humanistic Perspectives Cognitive and humanistic perspectives are both necessary in understanding human behavior. Humanistic perspective views personality as expressed through the conscious experience of directing ourselves toward fulfilling our unique potentials as humans. The self is the center of human experience, in the eyes of a humanistic theorist. Coming to know yourself and being true to yourself is the most important view of this perspective (book). Social-cognitive theory explains behavior as a concoction of social and cognitive aspects, looking beyond collective and operant conditioning. In other words, behavior includes not only learned behavior, but what the individual thinks of itself and the world around them. There are three main concepts of each theory to understand before moving on. The humanistic theory offers new concepts to how personality works as well as the cognitive theory. Humanistic theory offers a new light of values when approaching the human nature and condition, opened a broader horizon in the understanding of human nature in study, and it provides a wider range of effective methods in the practice and study of psychology. The social-cognitive theory teaches that people learn by mimicking other, identifies any internal possibilities for a certain behavior, and it shines light on goal directed behavior. These are just some of the important aspects of each side of the story.

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