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Theory of Human Development What makes a person what theyare Why does a person do what they do Where does personality come fromand how does it grow These are some frequently asked questions when discussingthe topic of personality The latter of the questions is actually an answerin itself Personality does originate from a specific point and from thenon it continues to grow and become exponentially more complex This corepoint from which personality begins and the growth of it will be discussedin the sections to follow but first we must look at certain assumptionsthat are commonly made when developing a personality theory AssumptionsThe first of these assumptions concerns whether one believes that the behaviorsany type of action a person exhibits are produced by conscious choices anddecisions also known as free will or determined by forces beyondones control I believe in the free will explanation but not the typeof free will commonly imagined Humans do ultimately have the power to choosetheir actions however the extreme influence of other factors such as heredityenvironment and learned behaviors may make it seem like a persons actionswere predetermined For example if a starving people were put into positionswhere they could either eat a Subway turkey round placed in front of themor just sit there and stare and stare at it common sense shows that thesepeople would eat However it is possible that one person like an anorexicwould just sit and stare at the sandwich For that reason it can be assumedthat human beings do have free will however the choices made are greatlyimpacted and seemingly determined by inherited basic needs environmentand learned behaviors This leads us into a second assumption rationalismor irrationalism Do human beings operate primarily on the basis of intellector on the basis of impulses and passions The answer is the latter theoryGoing back to the Subway example the most likely decision on whether ornot to eat the turkey round would be based on an irrational impulse inones subconscious
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