Personality Psychology Quotes

Personality psychology is a multifaceted, ever-growing field of science. Here are quotes that have inspired the discipline to fluorish through the years.


“[Personality is] that which permits a prediction of what a person will do in a given situation.”

– Raymond Cattell


“[A primary goal for the 16PFQ self-assessment is to:] provide a thorough, research-based map of normal personality.”

– Raymond Cattell


“[Personality is] the dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine [their] characteristic behavior and thought.”

– Gordon W. Allport


“[Personality is] the distinctive patterns of behavior that characterize each individual enduringly.”

– Walter Mischel


“‘Person’ is essentially different from ‘subject,’ since ‘subject’ is only the possibility of personality: every living thing of any sort is a subject. A person, then, is a subject aware of this subjectivity.”

– Georg W. F. Hegel


“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl R. Rogers


“The human mind is generative, creative, proactive, and reflective—not just reactive.”

– Albert Bandura


“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”

– Carl G. Jung


“Personality is, in fact, only a free being emphasizing and recognizing itself as such. Every man makes his own personality, he is to that extent his own creator.”

– Sabine Baring-Gould


“We continue to shape our personality all our life. If we knew ourselves perfectly, we should die.”

– Albert Camus


“Personality is only ripe when a man has made the truth his own.”

– Soren Kierkegaard


“Personality is regarded as a collection of relatively discrete, independent, and narrow social capacities, each relevant to performance only within a specific domain of life.”

– David C. Funder