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Explain the concept of personality. Describe the cultural approach to understand personality.

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  • Personality refers to our characteristic ways of responding to individuals and situations.


Personality is characterised by the following features: 

  • It has both physical and psychological components. 
  • Its expression in terms of behaviour is fairly unique. 
  • Its main features do not easily change with time. 
  • It is dynamic.

It proposes: 

  • Group’s ‘economic maintenance system’ 
  • The climatic conditions, the nature of terrain, flora and fauna, settlement patterns, social structures, division of labour, and other features such as child-rearing practices 
  • People’s skills, abilities, behavioural styles, and values 
  • Rituals, ceremonies, religious practices, arts, recreational activities, games and play

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