What is Personality? How Does a Personality Develop?

Personality is a word that is thrown around quite often, but what does it really mean? Personality refers to an individual’s characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It also includes the way the person thinks about themselves and how they perceive their world. In this post, I’ll be exploring some ways that people can better understand their own personalities as well as other people’s personalities.

What is personality?

In other words the word “personality” refers to a collection of attitudes and behaviors that constitute the distinctive outlook on life of an individual.

Although personality includes some innate tendencies, it is predominantly shaped by the interactions that a person has with the people around them. Since infancy the experiences he/she has experienced as a result of these interactions. It is the continuous state of thinking, feeling, behaving, and communicating with people.

What is Personality Disorder?

Some disorders occur as a result of a problematic shaping of personality traits. The person develops problematic behaviors and thoughts that cause problems in his/her environment and inner world. Thus persons with these disorders cannot consistently maintain the way they communicate with people.

Some of the Symptoms

Many people don’t know if they have a personality disorder or not because the symptoms can be difficult to notice. These disorders are all grouped under one umbrella term, but there are vastly different combinations of behaviors and situations that might make people think they have a personality disorder when really they do not.

It’s important to follow up with a psychiatrist or psychologist before coming to any conclusions about your mental health, but here is some general information on the types of things that would need to be going on for someone who has been diagnosed with a personality disorder:

– Inability to maintain interpersonal relationships

– Inability to control intense anger/irritation even when the argument isn’t weighty enough

– Persistent feelings of being victimized.

– Experiencing extreme ups and downs.

– Inability to realize their irrational way of thinking.

As a result, they have problems with the people they communicate with. They are unaware that these problems are related to their own way of thinking as well as emotional inconsistencies, and behavior.

They always blame others

These people do not realize that negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors arising from their illnesses are the result of their illnesses. To justify their negative approach, they often tend to blame others and/or ruthlessly criticize and blame themselves.

How does personality develop?

Personality is determined and shaped according to the nature of the interactions with meaningful people nearby from the moment that the person starts to communicate with the environment, ie from infancy.

These meaningful people are the parents until the age of 5-7.

Interactions with peers and teachers at the beginning of the school are also effective in development. From this period on, the interactions with the father and/or a significant male figure gradually increase.

Especially the quality of the experiences in childhood and age suitability are two pillars.

The more qualified and age-appropriate interactions with the environment, the more likely a normal development process. Otherwise, the basis of personality disorders occurs.

What are the other factors affecting the development?

Many other elements have different effects on the development of personality:

  • Genes (traits from one’s parents or descendants)
  • Less or more operation of the internal glands
  • Body structure
  • Prenatal factors (smoking, alcohol, drug use, malnutrition, traumatic conditions during pregnancy of the mother)
  • Roles such as (gender roles (being a girl, being a boy, etc.))
  • How the individual perceives himself and it’s environment
  • Quality of communication with family
  • Approval/acceptance by friends
  • Characteristics, cultural structure, and values ​​of the society.
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When is Personality Development Complete?

The main factor affecting development for the child is up to the family until certain age. The development continues throughout life. Also, most of the development is at an early age. It is influenced by the mother, father, or an another caregiver, the immediate and distant social environment. Personality development is predominantly shaped during childhood and adolescence, mainly until the age of 5-7. Traumatic events have serious effects on the development of personality problems in this period. In this period, certain traits of a person with a very healthy development may be partially differentiated due to the traumatic events experienced during adulthood.

Last Updated on December 2, 2021 by William Lindberg

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