PSY 250 Week 1

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Week 1 Individual Assignment Personality Reflection

Write a 700- to 1,050-word reflective paper that addresses the following questions: o How would you define personality? o What are some key personality features that define you? o What key concepts or “constructs” are used to explain your personality? o Are your personality features consistent or do they change according to the situation? o Have you ever taken a personality test before? If so, what was your reaction to the analysis? If not, what would you expect a proper test to measure? o What would make a personality test reliable and valid? Consider the personality concepts you learned this week as you write your answers. Include an introduction and conclusion in your paper. Format your paper according to APA standards.

Week 1 DQ 1

Why might understanding the psychology of personality be a valuable tool?

Week 1 DQ 2

What influences your personality?

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PSY 250 Week 1,

In determining personality there is much more that meets the eye. During my first week of this course this was something that became evident. Personality is a science in itself. It is used to measure why people are the way they are. In analyzing my own personality I in turn am beginning to have a better understanding of who I really am.
How would you define personality?
Personality can be described in many different ways. “According to the definition by Henry Stack Sullivan, an influential 20th century psychologist, personality is the emerging relational patterns between two people” (Mayer & Korogodsky, 2011). I personally would define psychology as a number of specific character traits combined to form a specific way of being and communicating.
What are some key personality features that define you?
The eight basic aspects of personality are perspective, psychonanalytic, ego, biological, behaviorist, cognitive, trait, humanistic, and interactionist. (Friedman & Schustack, 2011). To fully understand one’s key personality features. In determining my own key personality features these aspects must be considered. I am innately shy, somewhat introverted, and a people-pleaser. I think these three features are key in defining my own personality.
What are some key concepts or constructs used to explain your personality?
“A psychological construct, such as personality, is an abstraction that is not directly
In determining personality there is much more that meets the eye. During my first week of this course this was something that became evident. Personality is a science in itself. It is used to measure why people are the way they are. In analyzing my own personality I in turn am beginning to have a better understanding of who I really am.
How would you define personality?
Personality can be described in many different ways. “According to the definition by Henry Stack Sullivan, an influential 20th century psychologist, personality is the emerging relational patterns between two people” (Mayer & Korogodsky, 2011). I personally would define psychology as a number of specific character traits combined to form a specific way of being and communicating.
What are some key personality features that define you?
The eight basic aspects of personality are perspective, psychonanalytic, ego, biological, behaviorist, cognitive, trait, humanistic, and interactionist. (Friedman & Schustack, 2011). To fully understand one’s key personality features. In determining my own key personality features these aspects must be considered. I am innately shy, somewhat introverted, and a people-pleaser. I think these three features are key in defining my own personality.
What are some key concepts or constructs used to explain your personality?
“A psychological construct, such as personality, is an abstraction that is not directly
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