Although there is no universally accepted definition for what personality is, the most widely accepted interpretation of personality is the pattern of relatively permanent traits and unique characteristics that give both consistency and individuality to a person’s behavior (Feist & Feist, 2009). Notice how this definition also dictates that these characteristics promote both consistency and individuality to a person’s behavior. Therefore, personality is unique to individuals; twins do not share personalities. Consistency causes us to behave the same or in a similar manner in different situations. Traits may be common among a specific group but the pattern is still specific to each individual. The term personality focuses on prominent areas of an individual’s life such as a person’s outward appearance. This accumulation of psychological collections includes emotions, motives and thoughts.
Personality also influences how we behave and move in relation to our environment. Ironically, the reason for the lack of a universal definition derives from the many backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and religions of the many personality theorists who work separately or unified to formulate theories. To reach a mutual agreement as to what personality is would be to reach a universal agreement as to what the nature of humanity is, as well as viewing personality from the exact same viewpoint; this is impossible. There also exist tools for personality theorists to gather data and formulate theories: empirical data and experiences as psychotherapists (Feist & Feist, 2009).
The difficulty faced in the field of psychotherapy comes in formulating theories. Like any other field, one must be totally objective to form useful theories. Because within fields people come from many different backgrounds and hold so many different predilections, many theories exist. The psychology of science studies this more in depth and researches how personality theories are in part formed by the scientist’s personality. It is for this reason that information regarding personality theories is usually accompanied with information about its creator and his personality. Despite being a product of the personality of its creator, theories differ from philosophy, taxonomy, speculation, and hypothesis in that scientists use theories to use logic to formulate hypotheses that are testable. If the hypothesis is untestable, it is virtually useless and cannot be used in the development of a theory (Feist & Feist, 2009).
Personality theorists use philosophy to evaluate a results morality. It also examines what a result should be (in comparison to what a result is most likely to be in the framework of a theory). Theories rely on speculation because empirical data that must be gathered creates cause for speculation that goes into use for theories. However, speculation must not run wild and negatively affect the logic of a theory. Theories generate hypotheses. A good theory generates many...