Burrhup Frederic Skinner And The Behaviorist Approach To The Study Of Psychology

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The main aim of this essay is to compare and contrast two of the most enlightening theorists that have added a different perspective to the study of personality in the realm of psychology. The paper aims to expound on the two theories by firstly drawing comparison and then elucidating the disparity between the Behaviorist approach by Burrhup Frederic Skinner and the social learning approach to the study of personality by Albert Bandura. The two theorists at first will be explained separately in order to provide a general understand of the two different approaches . However it is important to first start by defining what is meant by the theories of personality. According to Borere (2006:5) a theory is a modelled reality that assist us to understand, clarify, envisage and control a reality. The two theorists that are used in this essay aim to provide us with different approaches to the study and understanding of personality. When we refer to personality in psychology we refer to things that make a person different, these are things that make person unique and different from others. That is why personality theorist are interested in trying to explain the structure of essence of an individual (Boere, 2006:5 Skinner and Bandura have a significant influence in the study of personality because of the different approaches the have put forward in order for us to understand how personality develops. Bf, Skinner was born in 1904, int eh 20 of March(Boere, 2006:119). He grew up in a

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