Chapter 5

Personality Development

Personality is the sum total of behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and values that are characteristic of an individual

It is said that traits such as religion, cooperation, competition, slavery, and envy are rooted in the genetic makeup of humans. Scientists believe that heredity, birth order, parents, and the cultural environment influence personality and behavior

Children who were isolated in their homes for a set period of time had no manners, and no ability to control their bodily functions or move about like other humans. Cases of Anna, Isabelle. and Genie shows how important human interaction is for social and psychological development

John Locke insisted that each newly born human being has a clean slate, and that we are all born without a personality...Cooley developed the Looking Glass Self which had us view ourselves based on how we imagine we appear to others...Mead believed this was only the beginning

The Agents of Socialization describe the specific individuals, groups, and institutions that enable socialization to take place. ( the family, peer group, school, and mass media)