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How your personality influences your Behavior.

The word personality has its origins in the Latin word ‘persona’ which translates to ‘mask.’

There may be several definitions of personality, but the one I lean towards is personality being referred to as long-lasting patterns of thoughts, emotions and behaviours that characterise a person. Long lasting symbolizes consistence of thoughts.

Personality hence motivates people to consistently think, feel and react in particular ways. This consistency of thoughts, feelings and reaction to situations over a period of time strongly drive personal expectations, perceptions, values, and even attitudes.

An individual’s behaviour is not simply the result of his or her traits, but rather also reliant on situational cues.

Walter Mischel.

According to Walter Mischel, a Psychologist who specialized in Personality, an individual’s behaviour is not simply the result of his or her traits, but rather also reliant on situational cues. For example, one may be socially confident in making new friends but very anxious just before a formal presentation.

Mischel also found out that although behaviour was inconsistent across different situations, it was much more consistent within situations, meaning that a person’s behaviour in one situation would likely be repeated in a similar one. That is the same argument most recruiters dwell on especially during job interviews. When they ask the interviewees situational questions, they hope to understand what the interviewee did in certain significant situations because they will do it again in their organization if hired.

In the modern work environment, a great personality goes a long way!

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