Personality Analysis

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Abstract The purpose of this paper is to discuss characteristics of my personality. The main focus of this paper will be how my personality has developed over time. As I age and encounter new and different experiences, my personality has adapted and developed further. This paper will give an in-depth exploration into the people and events that have influenced my personality. Personality is defined as “a) the sum total of the physical, mental, emotional, and social characteristics of an individual. b) the organized pattern of behavioral characteristics of the individual” (Dictionary.com, 2010). Whether we realize it or not, personality defines us as people. There are many facets to my personality, that until I began this assignment, I never thought about. After some introspection, three of the biggest components that make up my personality are introverted, caring, and compassionate. Growing up, I was not a very outgoing child. I had friends, but I never actively sought out that connection; others would typically initiate any contact with me. Both of my parents are social people, as is my sister, but I adopted a more reserved nature around people. Once I got to know people, I would open up and be far more outgoing, it was just getting over that first hurdle of fear that held me back. Partly because of the fear of rejection from others in my peer group but also this fear of exposing too much of myself, I could not knock down the walls I have built around myself. Educationally, it has been difficult to be introverted and participate in coursework. I managed to get away with talking as little as possible during high school, but once I reached the university level, it became imposs... ... middle of paper ... ...use of our biological nature, that is, because of biological features that we inherited. On the other hand, our personality may reflect our nurturing, that is, our experiences in our family and in society" (Cervone & Pervin, 2010, p. 9). Personality comes from many different directions, but coming together to make me the person I am today. My personality has led me to make the choices I have concerning everything from friendships to my career path. I firmly believe that if my personality were different, I would not be who I am and where I am today. References Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. (2010). Personality: Theory and Research (11th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Dictionary.com (2010) Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/compassion. Dictionary.com (2010). Retrieved from http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/personality.

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