Trait Theory

As I started the procedure of preparing for this week’s projects and I discovered that a great offer of focus was being put on personality trait screening, I need to state I was a little bit worried as I have never truly put much stock into those particular types of tests being very precise. But after reading chapters 7 and 8 in our text Personality: Theory and Research, the post on Gordon Allport, and most particularly taking the self tracking test myself and comparing the outcomes provided to what I already believed to be true about myself, I now have a better understanding about how these tests, in addition to an ability to assess and monitor constant patterns of behavior, sensations and thought (Cervone & & Pervin, 2013, p.

232) can be a valuable tool in not only a clinical setting however in gaining self awareness.

I am writing this paper as a means of sharing my insights about characteristic theories along with how these theories may assist a private gain insight into their relationships with themselves and others.

I will likewise go over the relationship between personality type theories, psychoanalytic and humanistic theories and which of these are more efficient in describing human behavior. Among the largest insights I have gotten through my research study this week is the knowledge of the beliefs of Gordon Allport. His suggestion that the individual self is composed of the aspects that people feel are the most important interests me (Boeree, 2006).

By breaking down those aspects into seven separate functions, that include, sense of body, self-identity, self-esteem, self-extension, self-image, logical coping, and propriate striving (Boeree, 2006), Allport established a method to better discuss where human motives originate from.

As we try to acquire a firmer grasp on our ability to enhance our relationships with friends, household and individuals we communicate with daily, as well as a much better understanding of our own character strengths and weak points, we get required insight by studying personality characteristic theories.

This gives us a better understanding of important areas that are key to healthy relationships. Two of those areas are communications and expectations. What we expect to receive from our relationships with others and how we communicate those expectations are vital in determining whether those relationships flourish or not.

Our personality type has a great impact on both of those areas so it is important to be aware of our traits, what to build on, and what to work on letting go of. One of the main differences between the personality trait theories and the other theories we have studied thus far, such as psychoanalytic and humanistic theories, is that the personality trait theory approach individual’s differences. Trait theory seems to be more focused on measuring an individual’s personality characteristics and less focused on generalized behavior on average. I believe that the trait theory falls short of the humanistic theory in many ways, but in particular, it doesn’t seem to give as good a glimpse into how we develop the most basic of our personality traits. It also lacks in its ability to be as accurate a predictor of future behavior.

In my opinion, trait theory seems to be more of a tool to put a name on certain aspects of our personality, while the humanistic theory gives us a better understanding of our personality. In conclusion, I hope that I have included in this paper a thorough description of the information I have gained through my excursion through this week’s learning resources. My goal was to give you my opinion on the differences between trait theory and the other personality theories we have studied and how important it is to be able to not only learn as much as we can about why we act the way we do, but to learn how to react differently in the future. I now believe that, through better understanding of the many different theories discussed in this course and not developing and one tracked mind, this can be accomplished.