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Theory of Human Development What makes a person what they are Why does a person do what they do Where does personality come from and how does it grow These are some frequently asked questions when discussing the topic of personality The latter of the questions is actually an answer in itself Personality does originate from a specific point and from then on it continues to grow and become exponentially more complex This core point from which personality begins and the growth of it will be discussed in the sections to follow but first we must look at certain assumptions that are commonly made when developing a personality theory Assumptions The first of these assumptions concerns whether one believes that the behaviors any type of action a person exhibits are produced by conscious choices and decisions also known as free will or determined by forces beyond ones control I believe in the free will explanation but not the type of free will commonly imagined Humans do ultimately have the power to choose their actions however the extreme influence of other factors such as heredity environment and learned behaviors may make it seem like a persons actions were predetermined For example if a starving people were put into positions where they could either eat a Subway turkey round placed in front of them or just sit there and stare and stare at it common sense shows that these people would eat However it is possible that one person like an anorexic would just sit and stare at the sandwich For that reason it can be assumed that human beings do have free will however the choices made are greatly impacted and seemingly determined by inherited basic needs environment and learned behaviors This leads us into a second assumption rationalism or irrationalism Do human beings operate primarily on the basis of intellect or on the basis of impulses and passions The answer is the latter theory Going
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