Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Personality & its Development: Introduction

Our wills and fates do so contrary run
That our devices still are overthrown,
Our thoughts are ours, their ends none of our own.

The Player King in Hamlet

Personality psychology is a flourishing area of research and offers valuable insights for understanding why we are the way we are, and if and how can we change. The phenomena encompassed by human personality, however, are far too complex and diverse for any one theory to unite them into a single theoretical framework. Thus no theorist so far has been able to come up with a comprehensive theory of personality; there are as many definitions of personality as there are personality theorists.

Please join us at Brooklyn Book Talk as we discuss in December through January, some of the major theoretical perspectives on personality such as psychoanalytic, trait, cognitive, humanistic/existential and social-behavioristic, and analyze their strengths and weaknesses. Understanding personality of self and others in a more objective manner can not only help satisfy our curiosity but can lead us to make adaptive changes, wiser choices and live more satisfying lives.

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