We all have our own personality and we can even change personality throughout our life time. Everyone is individual and different, in the same way as everyone's fingerprints are unique. We can usually see people's personality in the clothes they wear, or how they look after their things, or how they behave with other people. Therefore, we can be surrounded by calm or extrovert people, generous or mean, optimistic or pessimistic, flexible or stubborn, friendly or reserved.
When we say that we know someone well, what we really mean is that we can make accurate guesses about what that person will do or think. We know the different features of their personality. These features are called 'personality traits'.
Psychologists think that we have 'central personality
traits'. These affect how we behave, and how we react to people and situations. Examples of central personality traits are friendliness, neatness, competitiveness, shyness and optimism. This means that generally a person will be friendly or shy, neat or untidy, optimistic or pessimistic in different situations. Some psychologists that we are born with these central traits and that usually they stay with us all our life.
On the other hand, psychologists say that we also have other traits, called 'secondary traits' , connected with the things we prefer, such us our favourite food, music, films or colours. These can change as we get older, but very often many of them stay the same all our lives. For example, when we are adults we may buy the same colour clothes that we liked when we were children or we may listen to the same kind of music to remember certain moments of our youth years.
If we know someone well, we get to know their central and secondary personality traits. This means that we can probably predict the kinds of things that a person might enjoy, what they could or how they might react in different situations. In general, most people's behaviour and attitudes are predictable unless they are in very unusual and stressful situations and, there are cases, when people see us differently from how we see ourselves.
Why is Everyone Different written by Cristina Nuta for FamousWhy.com
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