Your Perspective on Personality

Part one:

Resources this week, there are multiple explanations for the development of personality, defined in your text as “psychological qualities that contribute to an individual’s enduring and distinctive patterns of feeling, thinking, and behaving” (Cervone & Pervin, 2016, p. 7).

For this Discussion, you will review the factors that influence personality. You will consider the rationale for each factor and provide your views on which individual factor—or combination of factors—has the biggest impact on personality.

To prepare:

Review information in the Learning Resources related to each of the following factors that influence personality:

Genetic determinants

Environmental determinants


Social class



Reflect on your experiences that can help in evaluating the impact of these factors on personality.

Consider the factor(s) you view as having the most influence and the least influence on personality development.

By Day 3

Post a response to these two questions that includes the following:

  • Explain the single factor or combination of factors that you view as having the most influence on personality. Cite arguments from the Learning Resources in support of your chosen factor(s).
  • Identify a factor that you view as having the least impact on personality development and explain your reasoning.

Part two:

As you begin your study of theories of personality, start by applying the initial knowledge and insights you gain to your own personality. For this Assignment, you will analyze your personality and the influences that have specifically shaped how it has evolved.

To prepare:

Review this week’s Learning Resources.

Consider the factors in personality development that apply most specifically to you.

Reflect on experiences in your life that offer examples of influences that have shaped your personality. Pay particular attention to the influence of culture.

Consider how this course can help you further understand your personality.

Submit a 2- to 3-page paper that addresses the following:

Explain factors in personality development that have had the most influence on you and describe key personal experiences that explain your thinking.

Identify examples of ways that the culture in which you were raised, which is African American, (e.g., your racial or ethnic heritage; characteristics of the region you are from; social class; and so on) has influenced your personality development.

Identify at least one aspect of your personality that is not (fully) explained through the factors you have described and briefly explain your rationale for choosing this aspect of you.

Explain the value of better understanding your personality to preparing for the career you would like to enter, and give your reasoning.