The Importance Of Personality

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With personality being thought to make up the key components of how we think, feel and behave, it can be seen that personality is of importance to emotion is felt (Burger, 2011). With the completion of two personality tests the discrepancies and similarities in my results will be analysed and reflected upon in terms of how this affects not only my emotions but how this then impacts on my practice as a social worker. The first test completed was the Myer Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) test. The results of these test gave me a raw score, revealing that i am a "INFJ" type, which in layman terms means that I am a 66% an introvert, 9% intuitive, 28% feeling and 3% judging (Humanmetrics.com, 2015). This test takes to classifying people into different…show more content…
The expectations and social norms surrounding personality change from country to country, with Australia favouring assertiveness and extraversion. Through this predisposed want for our personality to line up with the social norm, when expressing personality traits we often act on what is expected of us from society. In particular this can be highlighted through my scores for feeling and agreeableness. I feel as if not due to societal expectations the expression of my feelings would be less hindered and i would be less agreeable and more assertive, however due to pressure from society this is not allowed as over expression of feelings is looked down on as is being too assertive for fear of conflict. In terms of the MBTI and Big Five tests both being based on trait theory my personality results are an indicator of only one facet of personality theory. Being constrained by the single idea that human personality is composed of different traits that are stable throughout life, other aspects of my personality cannot be explored as they could be with a psychoanalytical or humanistic approach (Myers, 2008. With psychoanalytical approach exploring the ideas of both a "conscious" and a "preconscious ', this idea is not explored in trait…show more content…
This fits in with how Rossberger & Krause (2014) talk about how culture does not impact on traits of a persons personality, rather the expression of these traits. In addition to the influence of culture on expression, Matsumoto, Yoo & Fontaine (2009) discuss the concept of context differentiation (CD), defined as rules surrounding the display of emotions which further implicates the degree to which my personality has been affected. With my home life teaching me that emotions were not to be expressed outwardly, especially with physical contact, my expression of emotions grew very inwards. I believe this has affected my personality to the extent of my introversion as I am still not entirely comfortable with expressing my emotions with
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