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Learning Personality Theories

PSY/405
August 8, 2011
Linda O'Connor

Learning Personality Theories
Psychologists have attempted to explain personality with the development of various personality theories. Each theory varies in regard to explanations and views. Each theory of learning personality provides explanations, ideology, and dimensions. Learning personality theories focus mainly on interactions individuals have with his or her environment. Each theory believes that individuals react with his or her environment based largely on cognitive factors. In this paper, learning personality theories are examined. Behavior Analysis Theory

According to Feist and Feist (2009) behavioral theorist Skinner, Watson, and Thomdike believe free will is nonexistent in a person’s life as he or she are trained through conditioning regarding how to react and behave. Environmental stimuli and one’s previous experience with such stimuli determine how one will react to it each time. If the experience were a positive one, the person will be open to more experiences with it. This happens because the bond is strengthened to entice the person to repeat his or her experience with the stimuli whereas if the experience is negative, the bond will be weak, and the person will avoid such an experience again. According to Feist and Feist (2009) when dealing with interpersonal relationships one would rely on personal experiences with, for instance men or women named Angie. If a person were to have negative experiences with men in the past, he or she would avoid or be cautious of men in the future. If someone were to have a negative experience with someone named Angie, he or she would dread dealing with anyone named Angie in the future. However, if their experiences were positive, they would be completely open to associating previous experiences with these people. Social Cognitive Theory

According to Feist and Feist (2009) the social cognitive theory was founded by Albert Bandura....