Write a two paragraph “theory of personality development” as you think of it right now. You can read ahead

Write a two paragraph “theory of personality development” as you think of it right now. You can read ahead in your book, do some research, or just put this together off the top of your head using what you have already learned in psychology. Be sure to use concepts from psychology and answer ALL of the following questions in your short little theory and use complete sentences that make sense even if you have not read the below questions.

a) What is your understanding of the definition of the term “personality”?

b) Is personality something you are born with or does it develop over time? Is it more of a fixed concept (people tend to have the same basic personality throughout life) or is it more of a fluid concept (people change their personality constantly) or something in between? Are there “layers” to an individual’s personality perhaps with some more fluid than others?

c) What factors shape personality development? is it genetic/biological factors? social factors? parenting? peers? culture? ethnicity? behavior modification? individual thought and choice? values and beliefs (such as your religious beliefs perhaps)? major life events and experiences? or something else? or is personality shaped by all of many of these?

d) at what age does personality tend to “stabilize” – is it early in life or in early adulthood or maybe once someone gets a job and starts a family? or does it never crystallize into something more permanent? Do you believe that someone can “change” their personality in a major way if they don’t like their personality once they reach adulthood?

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