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11: Personality

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    • 11.1: Personality and Behavior- Approaches and Measurement
      Early theories assumed that personality was expressed in people’s physical appearance. One of these approaches, known as physiognomy, has been validated by current research.
    • 11.2: The Origins of Personality
      Although measures such as the Big Five and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) are able to effectively assess personality, they do not say much about where personality comes from. In this section we will consider two major theories of the origin of personality: psychodynamic and humanistic approaches.
    • 11.3: Is Personality More Nature or More Nurture? Behavioral and Molecular Genetics
      If nature is more important, then our personalities will form early in our lives and will be difficult to change later. If nurture is more important, however, then our experiences are likely to be particularly important, and we may be able to flexibly alter our personalities over time. In this section we will see that the personality traits of humans and animals are determined in large part by their genetic makeup.
    • 11.S: Personality (Summary)