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What is personality development and how does it affect an individual?

I have a lot of difficulties understanding what personality development is. I need to know how to comprehensively describe what it means. I also need to understand the procedure and techniques of setting up effective personal development goals so that I can be able to design a working personal development plan. I would appreciate if someone could share their personal development plan example which I believe can be very useful when I want to include self-improvement ideas into my plan. I really need to work on developing my personality and any relevant books, journals or links will be highly appreciated.

Samantha Stevenson

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Ross Pratt on January 12, 2018

There are a lot of things you need to know regarding personality development. It is a process which encompasses enduring patterns of feelings, thoughts and behaviors which differentiate individuals from one another. The most dominant perspective in personality psychology in the present day stipulates that personality arises early and progresses to change in significant ways throughout life. Note that adult personality traits are mostly founded on infant temperament, implying that individual variations in behavior and disposition appear early in life, sometimes even conscious self-representation and language development. There is a five-factor model of personality which has been established to map onto the temperament dimensions during childhood. When you go deeper into examining the variations among individuals you will find that there are five main categories of personality traits as I have highlighted below:

  • Neuroticism
  • Extraversion
  • openness to experience
  • agreeableness, and
  • conscientiousness

All the five categories have indicated above are present from very young ages. In regard to your question on the techniques and procedures of setting a personal development goal, it is important that you understand what you want first and then begin working towards your goal. Begin by writing your ideas somewhere. Suggest ways through which you see your ideas will contribute to your goal. Some ideas will need just your time, some will require you having money whereas there will also be those that will demand money, mental effort and your time. Always be prepared and determined to go through every extra mile to realize you development. Although it may difficult for you to understand which among the five categories of personality traits you fit in, but in my experience and from research setting and attaining personal goals are chiefly determined by personality traits. First of all, the fact that you are open to experience and you are willing to shape your life through planning for implies that you possibly possess a sufficient blend of the above-mentioned characteristics. Whenever you need to create your personal development plan, you need to think of the time, personnel and capital you will have to execute your plan. You may design it on a spreadsheet or simply a table with rows and columns. Check out an example of a personal development plan I used to build my business while at the same time I was able to spend time with my family and friends. 

Personal development plan
Months   Goal/target/idea      Expense/Cost/personnel Mileage
1-2         Buying stocks         $25,000
3-5         Buying a home       $40,000
6-7         Holiday                  $15,000
8-9         Buying stocks         $50,000
10    Opening a coffee shop   $15,000
11 Preparing for a Master’s    $21,000
12 participating in charity work $200

Depending on your capability and plans, you can edit the above development plan sample and be sure to indicate your mileage which can entail whether you have attained your target, did not attain or you are progressing as plan. The goal or target should be simply a self-improvement idea which you are looking forward to achieving.

Leigh Manna year ago

The human personality development is such a thrilling topic that I could spend hours discussing it. The above response provides an excellent explanation that can help us understand the human personality traits and how it affects each and every one of our lives. It does not matter the type of your personality if you want to set a personal growth goal. We all can set goals and plan on ways of executing them. The very successful personalities in history had the habit of jotting down what they thought. In life you may not get the opportunity of attaining everything you wish but with a greater determination, planning and hard work, you will be able to improve yourself.

Being an open person is a fundamental key to personal growth since through it you will be able to ask questions, listen to others and evaluate yourself to see if you are moving on the correct path.

Olive Wilsona year ago

I am so grateful that you have written this piece about personality development. It is comprehensive with the right content to help anyone who is in search for this kind of information. I now understand some aspects of my life in a vivid way. I need some information that can help me have a glance at my life and help to propel me to my aspiration. I am glad I found this. I can generate the personal development ideas with this information and it will transform my life. I now have what it takes to be successful. Bravo!


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