Personality Psychology FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions:

How is personality psychology different from social psychology and sociology?

The three psychological disciplines overlap considerably. Social psychology focuses on the behavior of individuals under the influence of others.

Sociology, in contrast, looks at the interaction of groups under larger societal structures.

Who runs this blog?

Lily Yuan, along with a group of passionate writers and data scientists.

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Is personality more dependent on nature or nurture?

In Jungian analyses and most type theories, personality is known to be innate and hence reflective of your genetic code.

However, under the behavioral epigenetic lens, the environment and various stressors can have the potential to switch certain behaviors “on” or “off”.

What does “personality” mean, exactly?

Personality is a hypothetical construct, or an idea difficult to measure statistically. There are many different definitions of personality in academic textbooks and journals.

Generally speaking: personality is the group of traits, behaviors, and preferences relatively consistent with an individual’s actions over time.

Is personality psychology closer to a philosophy or science?

It’s definitely got a blend of both sprinkled in there. This would make for a great future article!

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