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Psychology of Personality

a) How can theories of personality be applied to modern problems and issues?

b) What is meant by the term designer personality and do we have ways of creating anything close to this today? What are the advantages and Disadvantages?

c) Describe three positive potentialities of the human genome project, and two negative possibilities.

d) Take two elements of the theories or ideas presented and apply them to a real person - for example, someone from current events, politics, business, sports, the entertainment field. Define the terms you're using, and apply them to an aspect of this person's life (a specific action, behavior, or decision, for example). How can we understand this person more fully by using this concept to understand him/her?

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On Theories of Personality & Their Application
What are theories of personality? Simply put, these are theories in psychology that attempt to explain or allow for the exploration of the topic of personality so as to present a likely coherent image of a person/individual and the varied psychological processes that allow for the 'person' to happen. Additionally, they allow for the study of individuality in that they attempt to explain differences between people and explain human nature and how, while individuals are unique, they also share similarities in many aspects of thinking, behavior, actions, decisions and way of life.

When we say personality, we refer to not only one element about a person - a preference for certain actions or thinking, for example - but we refer to a summation of the whole - cognitions, emotions, motivations, behaviors, preferences, perceptions, experiences as presented or expected in a range of situations. There are a whole listing of theories that can apply like trait theories as exemplified in the work of Allport and Cattell which refer to enduring patterns exemplifying an individual in a variety of circumstances, or the 'type theories' as exemplified in the Briggs-Meyers Type indicator or the psycholoanalytic theories as exemplified in the work of Sigmund Freud and his principles of psychodynamics, or last but not the least - Behaviourist theories as exemplified in the work of BF Skinner on conditioning, stimuli and response. ...

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How theories of personality can be applied to modern problems and issues are determined. The expert describes three positive postentialities of the human genome project.