Personality is a crucial concept of attempting to understand the individual. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary lists one of the definitions of personality as, "the complex of characteristics that distinguishes an individual or a nation or group; especially : the totality of an individual's behavioral and emotional characteristics." Personality is as unique to an individual as his or her genetic makeup and will determine how that individual will respond to different scenarios throughout life.
There isn't much variation when defining personality. To me, personality is the unique, specific set of traits and nuances that make up an individual. These traits will begin to form before birth, continuing to develop, expand, and become influenced by the environment or culture of the individual. For example, I have been classified as a leader for most of my life and have an extremely hard time not leading a group.
In addition to possessing a desire to take on a leadership role, I have a few other strong defining personality features. I am extremely extroverted and outspoken in regard to presenting ideas or solutions; however, I have an equally difficult time trying to express or discuss feelings and emotions. I am also intelligent, demonstrating the ability to recognize patterns quickly, and associate the pattern with a solution. I am exceedingly logic-oriented and have a passion for analyzing just about everything. Finally, I am a meticulous organizer. I like to have very neat surroundings, and prefer to have my day planned out in advance to ensure that I am making the most of my time. I don't do very well with unanticipated events or spontaneity.
To others, I come across as poised, confident, and frequently overwhelming. I have a propensity to offer input before hearing a problem or suggestion in its entirety, which often means that I come across as impatient even though I am just eager to help. I am...