Self Reflection and Personality Traits

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Personality is the expression of a person’s traits according to ones feelings, mentality and behavior. It involves understanding individuals’ traits such as withdrawal and willpower and how various parts of an individual link together to form personality. Personality expresses itself from within an individual and is comparatively regular throughout in an individual’s life. Different people have different personalities dependent on factors such as environment and genetic composition. Our personality is dependent on the success or failure of our development in the eight stages of life. This is proposed by Erik Erikson. Success in the development stages lead to virtues while the failure leads to malignancies.

Personality traits

Some of my personality traits include; empathy, strong willed, and ambitious. Beginning with empathy, it is the ability to recognize and to share the thoughts to some extent. In many cases empathy leads to multiple good relationships. As a Support worker, I am expected to get along with others very well. These include my workmates and my patients. Being empathetic also enables me to be considerate. I am able to identify with my patients problems very well. They will therefore easily entrust me with their problems with the assurance that they won’t be criticized. In such a situation, as a Support worker I will be able to assist them without any barriers (Allen, 2006).

Empathy also assists me to be helpful to my workmates. If I put their feelings at heart, I will manage to assist them when need be. They could have problems not only at the work place but also in their social life. This may be a hindrance to their productivity at work. In this case I can step in on their behalf. By being helpful to my patien...

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...y be challenging to us and we will therefore require broad knowledge on different issues. We should also be aware of scientific developments that will solve challenges in an easier manner.


From the above descriptions, I conclude that a Support worker should have pleasant personality traits that will enable them to work in an effective way. I further suggest that though we may have unpleasant traits, we should ensure that we maintain a good rapport with patients and our colleagues. All the personalities mentioned above ensure that work done in the line of duty is efficient and effective.


Erikson, E. H., & Coles, R. (2001). The Erik Erikson Reader. New York: W.W. Norton.

Maslow, A. H. (2011). Toward a Psychology of Being. Salt Lake: Wilder Publications.

Allen, B. P. (2006). Personality theories. New York: Pearson/Allyn & Bacon.
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