The term ‘Personality’ was coined nearly 2000 years ago, from the word persona. Persona literally means the ‘outer covering’ or ‘the mask’, which referred to the costume, worn by stage actors in that era. Several psychologists have tried to define the term ‘personality’ but the most approximate definition yet, of the term, has been given by G. W. Allport. According to Allport, ‘Personality is the dynamic organization within the individual of those psycho-physical systems that determine his characteristic behavior and thought.’
Allport reviewed some 50-odd definitions before coming to this conclusion. It states that: personality is dynamic, growing and changing, throughout one’s life span. It forms an organized pattern in a healthy person; it involves the inseparable union of physical and mental functions; personality is a complex system of variously interacting elements; it motivates or determines everything that we do.
Hence there is no correct or incorrect definition of personality. It can be defined in ways that are useful for a given purpose.
Latest Publications and Research on Personality TypesGroup therapy in public mental health services: approaches, patients and group therapists. - Published by PubMed
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Heterogeneity of Interpersonal Problems Among Depressed Young Adults: Associations With Substance Abuse and Pathological Personality Traits. - Published by PubMed
Cognitive Experiences Reported by Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder and Axis II Comparison Subjects: A 16-Year Prospective Follow-Up Study. - Published by PubMed
Developmental Personality Types From Childhood to Adolescence: Associations With Parenting and Adjustment. - Published by PubMed