Essay On Determinants Of Personality

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In our general lives, we often say that two person are different from each other in some way. The way one behaves and perceives is unique. We all have a personality which is something said indigenous to us. This has been studied by many great persons and there have been many definitions put forward.
Definition-
"Personality is the dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his characteristics behaviour and though" (Allport, 1961, p. 28).
“The characteristics or blend of characteristics that make a person unique” (Weinberg & Gould, 1999).
Personality is dynamic. It is the organized set of characteristics possessed by a person that are unique to him/her and influences their environment, emotions,
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So it is natural that there will be some different opinion and school of thought for every theory proposed.

Determinants of Personality
Environmental Factors – The culture, traditions and environment establish attitudes, values and perceptions in an individual. The social circle which includes friends, parents, colleagues etc. have their influence on one’s personality.

Physical Factors- This factor is the one of the major reason that personality of a person changes over time. It includes physical structure of a person: his height, weight, color, sex, beauty and body language, etc.

Situational Factors- These factors do not really shape up an individual’s personality but they do alter a person’s behavior and response from time to time. They are observed when a person behaves contrastingly and exhibits different traits and characteristics.

Heredity Factors - They factors play a very important role as the major determinants personality. Heredity factors are the ones that are determined at the time of conception. This is the field of behavioral genetics and it focuses on the relationship between genes and
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