166. Researchers Explore the Role of Personality in Society

By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on January 18, 2013

An emerging field of research is personality psychology — a scientific look at how people differ from each other and how differences in personality influence the world in which we live.

To begin, personality is more than being an extravert or an introvert, and as researchers are learning, extraversion does not just explain differences between how people act at social events.

Personality affects academic and job performance, social and political attitudes, the quality and stability of social relationships, physical health and mortality, and risk for mental disorder.”

Personality obviously plays a significant role in mental health as researchers have known for some time that personality can greatly influence how patients respond to particular treatments.

Using personality models, a therapist can better tailor treatments for depression, for example, by distinguishing between a patient who is generally agreeable versus one who it typically at odds with other people.

The first person is likely to form a good working relationship with the therapist, whereas the second person is likely to be more challenging and require more effort by taking personality features into account alongside particular conditions.

Source: Society for Personality and Social Psychology

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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