Tuesday, October 14, 2014
How does the study of personality shed light onto behavior change for you?
The study of personality has shed light or provided me with knowledge into behavior, why behavior occurs, and why behavior changes. Also, I study or observe the behavior of other individuals and myself as well as now more so than ever before, because I have an understanding why behavior occurs; therefore, I have the need to know why individuals behave as they do. I believe that understanding behavior is like understanding personality, or understanding what is occurring to an individual at that or previous moment in time therefore, I try to understand other individuals more so as to not make judgment about any other individual but regard them by their behavior and try to understand why such behavior is occurring. For instance, understanding why behavior changes can ensure that I do not label an individual unnecessarily because of a behavior change, and instead helps me to show a level of empathy, compassion, and understanding for the particular individual as in trying to find out what has occurred to that particular individual or in his or her life in regard to the change in behavior.
Friedman, H.S., & Schustack, M.W., (2011). Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research (5th ed.). Allyn & Bacon.