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Personality Theory in a Cultural Context

Author: Mark Kelland
Subject: Psychology
Source: Open Textbook Library
Publisher: OpenStax CNX
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When you first think of personality/ what comes to mind? When we refer to certain people as being “personalities/” we usually mean they are famous/ people like movie stars or your favorite band. When we describe a person as having “lots of personality/” we usually mean they are outgoing and fun-loving/ the kind of person we like to spend time with. But does this tell us anything about personality itself? Although we may think we have an understanding of what personality is/ professional psychologists always seek to move beyond what people think they know in order to determine what is actually real or at least as close to real as we can come. In the pursuit of truly understanding personality/ however/ many personality theorists seem to have been focused on a particularly Western cultural approach that owes much of its history to the pioneering work of Sigmund Freud.

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