Everyone's personality is distinct to his or her own self, as is mine. I have always been confused and/or frustrated at some aspects of myself that I didn't like, but I couldn't figure out what was causing my behaviors and how I could change them. All I knew is that it was just how I was. After we learned about personality in this class, I realized that all these things I didn't like about myself were simply aspects of my, well, personality. For example, I had never really come across the word "neurotic", or at least knew what it meant, until I took the Big 5 test administered in class. Turns out, that one of my most expressed personality traits (farthest standard deviations out) was neuroticism. After looking up the definition, I saw that it did describe me to a T. I also read the section on defense mechanisms in the textbook, and was so shocked to see that there are psychological terms for what I do. All in all, I will remember these things years from now because I have learned that they are not weird or out of the ordinary. By understanding my personality better, I can accept it or change it, but at least now, I am a little bit more knowledgeable of it than I was before and can make informed decisions in regards to it.
Using Psychology to Understand Oneself
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