When looking at personality development, a person’s self-image or perceived value is usually at the top of the list. In fact, personality development is often described as the process by which we continually increase our self-worth and perceived value through sustained performance. Unfortunately, our culture tends to value self-image over performance, and personality development is often viewed as something that needs to be achieved and attained quickly and with minimal input from the individual. While this can certainly be effective in the short term, in the long term a series of small and incremental changes to an individual’s behavior will usually yield more satisfying results. In addition, individual personality improvement should not be treated as a single, isolated process.
Personality development encompasses the process and deconstruction of various foundational, structural integrative aspects that distinguish an individual from those around them-integrative aspects that separate a person from others in terms of their interpersonal and extroverted behavior. Indeed, personality development itself is always in process, constantly changing and subject to changing situational and contextual factors. In addition to these situational and contextual influences, people also tend to change with circumstances-and even how they think about themselves and the world as a whole. This means that we need to pay close attention to the processes and foundations of personality development in order to get the most out of the process of personality-improvement. We also need to pay close attention to the processes and foundations of personality development in order to get the most out of our interpersonal relationships.
There are four broad theories of personality development. These include structural theories of personality development, interpersonal theories of personality development, social cognitive theories of personality development, and dimensional theories of personality development. Structural theories of personality development consider innate personality characteristics and behaviors, as well as the interactions between those traits. Interpersonal theories of personality development consider the interpersonal relationships individuals have with others and with their environment and each other. Social cognitive theories of personality development consider how these individual traits and behaviors affect social relationships and the processes and foundations of social cognitive theory.
One of the important roles of personality development is to recognize and know oneself. It is the individual’s responsibility to understand his or her own thoughts and feelings, as well as the influences of personality, environment, and experiences that shape their thoughts and feelings. This awareness gives rise to the responsibility to control such influences and to understand the situations in which one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions can have powerful influences. People are the product of their environments and their interactions with others. Therefore, it is important to know and understand one’s own self-environmental influences.
The interpersonal theory of personality development believes that there are five basic factors that affect a person’s behavior and personality traits: internal sources, external sources, cognitive and environmental resources. The internal sources refer to the things a person learns during childhood. External sources include the things around them, their environment, and the people they come into contact with everyday. These external factors can affect the individual through their emotions, thoughts, and actions. However, the most influential factor is their cognitive understanding of the situation and their interpretation of it.
While some of the five factors described above can be quite strong and are known to influence an individual’s development, some individual traits are also beyond individual changes. These individual differences can be quite strong and are known to be permanent. For example, a person’s gender is not influenced by external influences and does not change regardless of whether they are exposed to different situations and are placed in different social environments. However, some people tend to adopt more than one gender, and these gender-related personality traits are often influenced by external and internal sources, making them quite stable.
The fourth factor, the cognitive understanding of the situation, is known to play an important role in the development of personality. The person’s understanding of the situation is influenced by their personal experiences and various studies have found that people around them have a different understanding of the same. Therefore, a person who has been involved in a car accident will be different from a person who has never had a similar experience. This, again, is influenced by external and internal factors, making personality development helps in understanding these situations.
The fifth and final factor to consider is the effects of the gene-environment interactions. Gene-environment interactions can either increase or decrease a person’s level of trait development. The results show that there are two types of interactions: gene-environment interactions that increase personality traits, and those that decrease them, while neither type of interactions has a significant effect on a person’s overall personality development. Therefore, both genetic and environmental factors play an important role in determining people’s personality development.