Personality type


Personality type

The concept of personality type refers to the psychological classification of different types of people. Personality types can be distinguished from personality traits, which come in different levels or degrees. According to type theories, for example, there are two fundamental types of people, introverts and extraverts. According to trait theories, introversion and extraversion are part of a continuous dimension, with many people in the middle. The idea of psychological types originated in the theoretical work of Carl Jung.

Usage

One well known example of personality types is Type A theory. According to this theory, impatient, hostile people are classified as Type A, whereas calm, laid back individuals are designated as Type B. The theory originally suggested that Type A individuals were more at risk for heart attacks, but this claim has not been supported by empirical research. [cite web | url=http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/0607/Sept05_06/03.shtml | title=Bates, K. L. (2006). Type A personality not linked to heart disease| accessdate=2006-11-05]

Developmental psychologist, Jerome Kagan is a prominent, contemporary advocate of type theory. He suggests that shy, withdrawn children are best viewed as having an inhibited temperament, which is qualitatively different from other children. [Kagan, J. (1994). "Galen's Prophecy: Temperament in Human Nature". New York: Basic Books.]

As a matter of convenience, trait theorists sometimes use the term "type" to describe someone who scores exceptionally high or low on a particular personality trait. Hans Eysenck refers to superordinate personality factors as "types", and more specific associated traits as "traits".

Several pop psychology theories (e.g. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus, the enneagram) rely on the idea of distinctively different types of people.

Criticism

The term "type" has not been used consistently in psychology and has become the source of some confusion. Furthermore, because personality test scores usually fall on a bell curve rather than in distinct categories, [ Bess, T.L. & Harvey, R.J. (2001). [http://harvey.psyc.vt.edu/Documents/SIOPhandoutBess-HarveyMBTI2001.pdf "Bimodal score distributions and the MBTI: Fact or artifact?"] Paper presented at the 2001 Annual Conference of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, San Diego, USA.] personality type theories have received considerable criticism among psychometric researchers. One study that directly compared a "type" instrument (the MBTI) to a "trait" instrument (the NEO PI) found that the trait measure showed a stronger relation with a number of personality disorders. [Furnham, A., & Crump, J. (2005). Personality Traits, Types, and Disorders: An Examination of the Relationship Between Three Self-Report Measures. "European Journal of Personality", "19", 167-184.]

Major theories

*DISC assessment
*Enneagram of Personality
*Four Temperaments
*Humorism
*Keirsey Temperament Theory
*Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
*Socionics
*Type A and Type B personality theory

ee also

*Big Five personality traits
*Personality psychology
*Trait theory

References


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • personality type — any of various categories of both normal and abnormal personality variants; usually they derive from a theory based topology, such as introvert/extrovert or oral/anal/phallic …   Medical dictionary

  • personality type — label used to classify a person s individual character …   English contemporary dictionary

  • personality type — …   Useful english dictionary

  • ISTP (personality type) — This article is about the Myers Briggs personality type. For other uses of the acronym, see ISTP.ISTP (Introversion, Sensing, Thinking, Perceiving) is an acronym used in the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) publications to refer to one of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Distressed personality type — or Type D individuals, suppress powerful negative emotions as a means of coping with stressful events or situations. These individuals suppress feelings of anger or sorrow even when they are in an environment that is supportive of emotional… …   Wikipedia

  • Personality psychology — studies personality based on theories of individual differences. One emphasis in this area is to construct a coherent picture of a person and his or her major psychological processes (Bradberry, 2007). Another emphasis views personality as the… …   Wikipedia

  • Type D personality — Type D personality, a concept used in the field of medical psychology, is defined as the joint tendency towards negative affectivity (e.g. worry, irritability, gloom) and social inhibition (e.g. reticence and a lack of self assurance). The letter …   Wikipedia

  • Personality Plus — is the name of a book by Florence Littauer (ISBN 1 85424 509 0). This article summarises the profiles of the Personality Plus system, and relates them to some other well known personality system.GeneralisationsPersonality Plus talks about four… …   Wikipedia

  • Personality style — has been defined as an individual s relatively consistent inclinations and preferences across contexts. Eriksen, Karen Kress, Victoria E. (2005). A Developmental, Constructivist Model for Ethical Assessment (Which Includes Diagnosis, of Course).… …   Wikipedia

  • Personality — is the particular combination of emotional, attitudinal, and behavioral response patterns of an individual. Contents 1 Psychology 2 Sociology 3 Literature 4 Media …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.