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Allport's personality definition:
the dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine one's unique adjustment to one's environment
represent both the structure and the dynamics of personality; are hypothetical concepts (not tangible)
Personal Dispositions: Cardinal Disposition
An extreme, all pervasive characteristic ex: extreme desire for power
Consists of various self-functions or ego-functions, known as the propriate functions, favilitates and motivates behavior. Not innate, developed oer time, emphasis on forward movement
extention of self, a more refined self image, extending self outward into posessions ex: "my toy", begining to own posessions
an activity or behavior may become an end or goal in itself, despite the fact that it was originally engaged in for some other reason
ex: fishing-originally for survival, now may be hobby. knitting, hunting, gardening
Perservative functional autonomy
addictions, circular mechanisms (not self preservaton or self enhancement), behavior is reinforcing, conditioning cues
examine uniqueness of single individual; focus on one person in detail, favored by Allport
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