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Theories of Personality

Our personality is what defines us as individuals. It is the sum total of our experiences and biology. Because no two people have identical experiences, you would not expect any two people to have the same personality.

How then can psychologists categorize personalities into types?
Choose a particular theory of personality and explain how it can be used to describe an individual's personality.

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(1) How then can psychologists categorize personalities into types?

Personality types are characterized based on categories. Thus, psychologists determine a person's personality based on categorical characteristics. For example, in personality specific traits (or states) that have similar patterns are based on an identified category of personality within taxonomy (list of characteristics) of personalities. Although traits are primarily characteristics and not traits, traits have been assessed using inventories that categorize individuals in groups based on their specific traits (e.g., Myers-Briggs Typology Inventory (MBTI, Costra & McCrae, l982, 2003).

(2) Choose a particular theory of personality and explain how it can be used to describe an ...

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This soluiton describes how psychologists ahve categorized personalities into types

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