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Personality Paper Just as no two people are alike, no two personalities are alike. Each person’s personality is unique to the individual to whom it belongs. A person may share the same traits as others, such as family members, and while there may be similarities in traits, each individual will have different patterns which will help to make up a different personality (Feist & Feist, 2006). A personality is made up of different characteristics which help to define a person and make them an individual. Besides traits and characteristics, a personality can be made up of a person’s thoughts, feelings, actions, and behavior.
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Interpersonal theory is the approach by Harry Stack Sullivan which emphasizes the relationship with others. According to this theory, “Humans would have no personality” (Feist & Feist, 2006, p.211) were it not for their relationship with other people. This theory is based largely on the different developmental stages that each person goes through and the importance of human interaction throughout each stage.
Factors that Influence Personality The development of a personality can start before a child even has a chance to speak as their genes have a part in the influence of a personality by the traits that they inherit. A child’s temperament is something that is also something that they did not have a choice in which helps to factor in their personality. But how a child starts to perceive things and their thoughts will also help to determine their personality. The nature versus nurture issue is a long standing question that will probably never be answered as to which one has the most influence, and the answer is probably just, both. The environment in which a person is raised along with his or her genes both help to determine the type of unique personality that a person will have. It becomes a matter of how the individual takes the information that they have and processes it such as with their perception to make the unique personality that will be theirs. Two identical twins can be raised in the same environment with the same exact genes, but