Personality Development

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Personality may be defined as the sum total of all behavioral and mental characteristics by means of which an individual is recognized as being unique. The study of personality development helps individual to understand themselves and others for better interaction and harmonious living.

The unit examines the theories of personality, temperaments and factors influencing personality development. It also discusses life skills for psycho-social competence and living values that help an individual lead a healthy, well adjusted and productive life. Self-awareness and effective communication skills are also discussed in an attempt to help learners develop better interaction within the family and the community.


By the end of the unit, you should be able to:

a) Define the terms related to personality development

b) Analyze theories of personality development and relate them to real life situations

c) Explain personality types and temperaments

d) Discuss factors that influence personality development

e) Analyze the various defense mechanisms, cause and effects

f) Discuss life skills for psychosocial competence and their importance in human development and adjustments

g) Evaluate important values and methods of imparting them in children