Personal Personality Observations

Post a 200- to 300-word response to the following: How have you used the scientific process (unsystematic observation, building theories, and evaluating propositions) in your life to better understand your personality? Provide an example in your response.

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One of my all-time favorite books is Personality Plus by Florence Littauer. My mother had to read it years ago when she was in college to get her degree in sociology. My entire world view has been altered because of this book. When I meet people I almost immediately start sizing them up…maybe melancholy choleric or something like that. I am sanguine choleric. I took the test years ago and then took it again just the other day. My score has changed a little, but mostly sanguine. I guess what is lacking from the test in the book is an evaluating propositions section. I mean the book does really good with developing a personality theory but does very poorly in testing that theory. Although I would have to say that most pop-psychology is written in this manner. Also Personality Plus seems to center more on current motivations rather than psychosexual development or learning theory associations. The personality categories in the book seem to be very rigid and general rather than specific and dynamic.

However, this book has helped me understand marital conflicts, parent-child conflicts, and co-worker conflicts in an entirely new light. My daughter is melancholy-choleric. I can now better understand that many of our conflicts stem from her innate desire to be right and my unwavering tendency to want to control everything. Through Personality Plus I can better understand my ability to aggressively pursue goals and then subsequently lose sight of that goal once the going gets tough. For instance, I have read the entire Bible in less than two months, but for the life of me, I cannot commit to reading a little bit of the Bible every morning. According to this personality book that is due to my sanguine personality traits. I have learned that I have to stick with goals even if I don’t want to. It is sometimes difficult because without that aggressive drive that I usually associate with the start of a project I can rarely finish a project.

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McAdams, D.P. (2006). The person: A new introduction to personality psychology. Danvers, MA: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.


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