personality. Article #33. Vol 9, pg 312.
Simply put, a person’s personality is a description of the way that the person thinks, acts and feels.
The science of personality, however, goes far beyond a simple description. We tend to act in a regular fashion, so people have tried for years to come up with various models that categorize people’s personalities, for the purpose of describing or even predicting behavior.
- Ancient Greeks: blood, black bile, yellow bile, phlegm (combination dictates personality)
- Freud: id, ego, supergo (forces driving personality)
- Jung: extroverted, introverted
- MMPI: 10 scales (e.g. hypochondriasis, depression, hysteria, paranoia, etc)
Personally, it seems to me a little over the top to get so analytical about something as nuanced as human behavior. But maybe I’m not enough of a Type A person to really understand it.
“personality.” Encyclopedia Britannica. 15th ed. 2010. Vol 9, pg 312.