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Personality Development Theories

I need help with this assignment. please. There is two parts to this.

Part 1: • Choose a theory that you think provides the best explanation of how personality develops in an individual.

• Explain how that theory addresses personality development from childhood to adult.

Part 2: Choose one specific personality disorder.
Describe the symptoms commonly associated with this disorder according to the DSM-IV. How do the behaviors associated with this disorder differ from similar behaviors considered normal in American culture? Finally, discuss ways in which this disorder is treated.

Be sure to use appropriate citation and documentation.

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I think that the personality theory that best provides the explanation of how personality develops in an individual, would be the behaviorist theory known as operant conditioning. I think that this theory best addresses personality development from childhood to adult, largely due to the fact that an individual's behavior is largely controlled by the results or consequences of the actions that they take or decisions that they make. When an individual receives a reward or positive reinforcement for an activity then they tend to continue this activity, and when an individual receives a punishment or negative reinforcement, then they tend to cease those activities and or decisions. ...

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