Impact Of Humanistic Theory Of Personality

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ABSTRACT This paper seeks to review the impact and practice of humanistic theory. It also looks at three of the foundation theorists and their theories and how it influences personality. How it influenced the image of self and finally, the strengths and limitation of this theory. Introduction “Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. The study of personality focuses on two broad areas: Understanding individual differences, in particular, personality characteristics such as sociability or irritability. The other is understanding how the various parts of a person come together as a whole (Personality APA, 2015).” As a result of having a sound understanding and definition of what personality is, I can now objectively examine my life and make a determination about my personality, how it was formed and what contributed to its formation. There are many theorists and many perspectives written about personality. Perspectives such as trait theory, psychodynamic theory, behaviourist theory, cognitive theory and humanistic theory all have very valid views on what is personality and how it is formed. The humanistic theory of personality which was established as an answer to the prevailing psychoanalysis and behaviourism schools of thought, was felt to be very pessimistic. “Persons like Gordon Allport, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, Rollo May and George Kelly were all part of the American Association of
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