Personality Trait Exploration
How do personalities shape us into who we are today? Are our personalities learned, inherited, or both? Personality describes who we are and what makes each of us unique (Weiten, Dunn, & Hammer, 2012). Although most personality traits fall into only a handful of categories, known as the five-higher order traits, based on the Five-Factor Model of Personality theory developed by Robert McCrae and Paul Costa we all are still very uniquely different (Weiten, Dunn, & Hammer, 2012). Our personality differences need to be looked at based upon life experiences, morals, values, and our own experiences accordingly. This paper will reflect upon two of my own personality traits that, although may be similar to others, uniquely describe me based on my interpretation of my own experiences, beliefs, and upbringing. The first of two of my personality traits I will focus on is that of being excitable, as I believe it relates to procrastination, or the tendency to delay tasks until the last minute (Weiten, Dunn, & Hammer, 2012). The personality trait of being excitable can tend to make me react impulsively, or anxiously, and this often results in the procrastination of an unpleasant task to temporarily delay the anxiety the unpleasant task produces. Strengths of procrastination, although few in number, could include the ability to be able to do things first that you may find more enjoyable, but if you did not procrastinate you may not do otherwise. However, this could also be considered rationalization which is a defense mechanism that can be used to justify unacceptable behavior (Weiten, Dunn, & Hammer, 2012). This
PERSONALITY TRAIT EXPLORATION3
thought process, undoubtedly, also feeds the tendency to be impulsive; therefore, as much as it is can be considered a strength it can be also considered a weakness. A definite weakness of procrastination is that it...