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PSY 230 Interactionism

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Interactionism
PSY 230
There are several factors that can influence one’s personality. I believe that one such factor is
culture. After observing a family and friends social gathering at my house this past weekend, I
am even more convinced. My family is from Jamaica and most our friends are Jamaicans. If you

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INTERACTIONISM 2
know a Jamaican whether male or female you will know one thing. Jamaicans are very
confident, outgoing and very competitive. This is because in the Jamaican culture these traits are
required to be successful and in some sense essential for everyday survival.
While at my house we played bingo and Let’s Dance 2014 on the Nintendo Wii. Everyone’s
personality came through in real Jamaican fashion. It was loud, competitive and everybody
wanted to be the “life of the party”. I believe that traits are behavioral dispositions which
influences the way a person think or feel. External influences such as cultural norms and
situational variables influences a person’s functioning. Each person’s reaction to something is as
a result of their social experiences.
Linguistic categories suggest that traits do not exist outside the mind of the observer and have
no causal influence. However, I believe that it is impossible for someone’s personality traits to
not be influenced by outside factors. The things we see and experience has more influence on our
behavior even more than genetics. Traits are not just convenient fictions devised to better
understand diversity of human behavior and experience. Traits suggest causal or generative
mechanisms for behavior.
References
McAdams, D. (2009). The person: A new introduction to personality psychology. (5
th
ed.).
Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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