- Suggest an alternate approach to personality (e.g., psychoanalytic, social-cognitive, or humanistic). How might this different approach explain your peer’s personality characteristics?
- Consider the impact of social forces on the development of your peer’s personality traits.
- Relate cultural or gender differences you have observed with regard to social behavior.
Student 1: Christopher
My highest score was extraversion which come in an 82, with my highest score within the extraversion group being activity level at 94. This classifies me as an extrovert meaning I enjoy doing new activities and being around people, whether they be friends or people I haven’t met yet.
My second highest score is Conscientiousness at 61 with achievement-striving measuring at 84. According to these results, I am a little or organized then the average person, but can easily be motivated to excel if pursing the right achievement.
My third highest score is agreeableness with an average rating of 43 with cooperation being my highest score at 72. This means I have a general care for others, but if helping them is an big impact on myself, I typically won’t. However, I am more inclined to help someone if it involves both of us putting forth effort as opposed to me doing most of the work to help someone.
Next is Neuroticism being scored at 27, with immoderation being scored at 68. This mean that in most situations of pressure or stress, I do not get overwhelmed. It also shows that I pursue the more instant gratification or immediate results as opposed to long process.
Lastly my lowest score is openness to experience with a score of 1 with my highest category being adventurousness at 28. This means that I have a tendency to over simplify things. While adventurousness was my highest score, it was still a low score. This means I like to stick to what I know and experimenting with new habits is a waste of time.
In this week’s reading, they talk about how someone’s personality tends to change around a certain age and circumstance. I believe that is where I am not in my life being a provider for my family. I still have many extrovert tendencies, but I would not consider myself an extrovert. The idea of taking my family somewhere with a big crowd, or a highly unfamiliar area just seems exhausting. However, before I was a husband and father, I loved going to very populated events and meeting new people.
Student 2: Brooke
In Extraversion I am at 38, I am willing to go up and talk with people, but don’t want to talk for hours. I enjoy my alone time, as well. I try always to enjoy being busy, even if that means doing chores.
In Agreeableness, I am at 65; I believe this would be due to always wanting to get along with people and wanting to maintain a good relationship with others. While I will do this, I also am straightforward with someone in the nicest way I can be. I do my best to understand people and their position before I make any assumptions or reactions.
In Conscientiousness, I am at 58; I was taught from a young age to keep true to my word, whether at work, or a simple promise to someone. I enjoy continuing this because I want people to know I am reliable. While at the same time, I may make impulsive decisions, like seeing a puppy and deciding he was so cute that he was coming home with us.
In Neuroticism, I am at 20; I do not think of myself as better than others because it is simply not true. I am not a vegan humanitarian that walks to their job every day. I commend those that can. I don’t dislike myself, though; I am comfortable. I do my best to keep an even state of mind; therefore, it takes a while for me to get truly angry since I believe that it does more bad than good being angry.
In Openness to Experience, I am at 46; I enjoy going to new places and seeing new things, I am not completely set in one state of mind in the way of doing things either. I like being adaptable; however, I am not first in line to try a new food with ingredients that I don’t like.
While reading chapter 9, section 3, LeFrancois (2020, 2016, 2011) explains how, while social environment isn’t solely responsible for personality traits, it is something that influences a person’s personality. So, when someone’s social environment changes, their personality may change to adapt to their new environment.