Explain your view of the impact of genetics and environment on the development of personality. Discuss how understanding personality theory can help you to be successful in your career.

Initial Assumptions About Personality Development

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Be sure to cite all three sources in your paper.

In addition to the above links, you can utilize the Ashford University Career Services’ Self-Assessment: Learn About Your Personality and Strengths (Links to an external site.) page to discover more self-assessments available to students. This resource provides multiple self-assessments that will assist in the facilitation of your career and may provide information that will assist in this Week 1 assignment.

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According to the American Psychological Association (n.d.) web page Personality (Links to an external site.),

  • Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. The study of personality focuses on two broad areas: One is understanding individual differences in particular personality characteristics, such as sociability or irritability. The other is understanding how the various parts of a person come together as a whole. (para. 1)

In this course, you will explore seven well-known models that explain the development of personality. You probably already have some ideas and opinions about how personalities develop based on your prior learning and life experiences. This first assignment is meant to provide a baseline of your thinking about personality that you can compare and contrast to the theories we will be studying. In this initial paper, address the following items:

  • Explain your view of the impact of genetics and environment on the development of personality.
  • Discuss how understanding personality theory can help you to be successful in your career.
  • Describe the four tools used for assessing personality outlined in Section 1.5 of your text.
  • Discuss how your personality developmental journey impacted these initial assumptions about personality development.

The Initial Assumptions About Personality Development paper

 

Required Resources

Text

Lecci, L. B. (2015). Personality. Retrieved from https://content.ashford.edu

  • Chapter 1: The Science of Personality
  • Chapter 2: Psychoanalytic and Neo-Analytic Theories
  • Chapter 3: Contemporary Psychodynamic Models of Personality

Articles

Iurato, G. (2015). A brief comparison of the unconscious as seen by Jung and Lévi-Strauss [PDF file]. Anthropology of Consciousness26(1), 60-107. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/anoc.12032

  • The full-text version of this article is available through the EBSCOhost database in the Ashford University Library. This article starts with a brief overview of psychoanalysis and then compares Jung’s theories of the unconscious to those of anthropologist Levi-Strauss. Students only need to read pages 60 through 65. The article will assist you with the Week 1 Freudian and Jungian Theories of the Unconscious Mind discussion.

Lerner, H. (2013, March 5). Become successful by understanding peoples personalities (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/hannylerner/2013/03/05/understand-peoples-personalities-and-become-successful/#1f1c9fda6701

  • This article discusses the benefits of understanding other people’s personalities for success in the workplace and will assist you with the Week 1 Initial Assumptions About Personality Development assignment.
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Stahl, A. (2017, April 30). 3 ways knowing your personality type can help you with your career (Links to an external site.). Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/ashleystahl/2017/04/30/3-ways-knowing-your-personality-type-can-help-you-with-your-career/#311ed4c43a33

  • This article discusses the benefits of understanding our own personalities for career success and will assist you with the Week 1 Initial Assumptions About Personality Development assignment.
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Multimedia

Harris, B. [Brooke Harris]. (2009, April 17). Sigmund Freud: The unconscious mind (short version) (Links to an external site.) [Video file]. Retrieved https://youtu.be/R0w0db2zR7Q

 

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