According to psychologists, they say people have five distinct personality traits.
It’s called the “big five”. Openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism. It’s crazy how psychologists can put 7.5 billion people into these five simple categories of personality traits. One psychologist specializes and revolutionized the idea of how personalities worked, Gordon Allport.
Gordon Allport was born in Montezuma, Indiana, in 1897. He grew up with four older brothers. With this being said, his family struggled financially. His father, who attended medical school, attempted to smuggle drugs from Canada to sell in the United States, to help support his family. This act soon came to an end, when the law came looking for him, and knocking on the front door, he made a run for it and ran out the back door with his family. Despite this mishap, Allport’s mother was a very religious woman.
No smoking, drinking, dancing, card playing in the household. Along with the rules of no bright clothing, no distinctive clothing, or jewelry of any kind. With having five older brothers, he was too young to be a playmate to them. Allport was isolated from children outside the family as well. He claims he was never on the playground with his older brothers, and that he was a bit more feminine than them. But because of this, he was never skillful in sports, or games. He always tried to be the center of attention with the few friends he did have. This very well influenced why believed what he did.
In Allport’s personality theory, one of the major propositions is that psychologically healthy adults are unaffected by childhood events. Perhaps reflecting this belief, Allport revealed little information about his childhood years. What he did tell, however, demonstrated a correlation between his own childhood experiences and a theory he later developed. Arising from his childhood conditions of isolation and rejection, Allport developed inferiority feelings for which he attempted to compensate by striving to excel.
In doing this, he went to Harvard University. At Harvard, he had found an interest in social ethics and social services. He genuinely liked the idea of helping people out. He stated that “It gave me a feeling of competence, to offset a generalized inferiority feeling.
” At the age of 22, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree. While traveling after he graduated, he had stopped in Austria, while he was there he had sent a note Sigmund Freud, and received an invitation to see him. He describes the experience and the talk with Freud as traumatic. Because of this experience he had later gone on to finish his studies at Harvard, his path was psychology. In 1922, he had received his Ph.D. His dissertation was “An Experimental Study of the Traits of Personality.
” This path that he chooses was a lifelong decision that revolutionized the world with his theory of personalities (Schultz 2017, p.194-196). Upon completion of this paper, I have analyzed some of the personality traits and I have chosen fifteen traits to reflect who I am as a person, including the good, bad and ugly. I am demanding, according to Merriam Webster dictionary, this is described as requiring much time, effort, or attention. I am impatient which is restless or short of temper especially under irritation. I am persistent, which is continuing to exist despite interference or treatment. I am sarcastic which is a sharp and often satirical or ironic utterance designed to cut or give pain.
I am submissive, which is to yield to governance or authority. I am ambitious, which is having a desire to achieve a particular goal. I am sensitive, which is highly responsive or susceptible. I am vindictive.
Which is intended for or involving revenge. I am opinionated which is firmly or unduly adhering to one’s own opinion or to preconceived notions. I am organized, which is having a formal organization to coordinate and carry out activities.
I am accountable, meaning that people can rely on me for things. I am independent which means I am capable of doing most things on my own. I am honest, meaning I would tell you the truth. I am open-minded, meaning that I am willing to try new ideas. I am logical meaning I think with my head rather than my heart.