Theories On Personalities

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Personality is defined as "the qualities and characteristics that make us, as individuals, unique". However, the task of defining how one develops a personality is much harder. There are many different people with countless theories on how a human being develops their own characteristics and unique selves. I agree with many parts of different people's theories.

One that I agree with is Erikson's Stages of Development. In this are eight stages of human development, from childhood to adulthood, in which people's lives can be influenced in ways that play into what type of person they turn out to be. The majority of these stages are during childhood, which I believe almost solely shapes a person. Childhood is the stage during life when we are most innocent and influential. An example of one of the stages, is the third stage, "Initiative v.s. Guilt" during 4 and 5 years of age. This says that children who play with their peers and use their imaginations, learn to lead, follow, and think creatively, verses kids who feel guilty at playing make believe and using their imaginations and tend to cling to adults.

This stage, in particular I can relate to, because when I was just at home for the weekend, I usually just played by myself because my brothers were 10 years older than me, and not really up to playing Barbies. It wasn't a bad thing at all. I had friends and I did spend a lot of time with my family, but I always had such an active imagination, and I was just always carefree and having fun. I learned to do my own thing, and not always have to follow everyone else's lead. The rest of the theory states 7 other stages in life in which humans either go one way,