May 6, 2013
In this paper I will discuss the dispositional and learning theoretical approaches to personality. I will define each approach to personality, and I will define each theory that is a part of these approaches. I also will compare and contrast the dispositional and learning theoretical approaches of personality. I will describe the role of personality in affecting situational behavior when it comes to the dispositional and learning approaches to personality. I will examine the personality characteristics attributed to each of the theories I have chosen. Lastly I will explain the interpersonal relational aspects associated with the theories I have selected. I personally have not learned anything about these two approaches of personality which is why I have chosen to discuss them. Definition of Dispositional Theory of Personality
First to define the dispositional theory of personality is the fact that your nature like genetics and heritage has relatively permanent effects on how you present yourself to the world. The first theory that is a part of the dispositional theory of personality is the psychology of individual by Gordon Allport. In this theory Allport emphasized the uniqueness of the individual. According to our text Allport “believed that attempts to describe people in terms of general traits rob them of their unique individuality” (Feist & Feist, 2009). The other theory that is part of the dispositional theory of personality is the trait and factor theory by Hans Eysenck, Robert McCrae and Paul Costa. To define this theory you have to understand that the researchers of this theory believe that five dominant traits continue to emerge from factor analytic techniques(Feist & Feist, 2009). Definition of Learning Theory of Personality
To define the learning theory of personality it focuses on how people learning and acquire new knowledge. The learning...