Personality from the Standpoint of Social Psychology

By Yılmaz Özakpınar.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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Social psychology studies individual behavior in social situations and aims at discovering the mental processes producing the kind of behaviors observed in them. The concept of personality does not designate a special category of responses. It represents a recognizable behavioral style reflected in responses observed not only in social situations but also in all kinds of responses related to perception, learning, attending, remembering, problem-solving, and expressing emotions. In the present study, personality is envisaged as the product of the integration of four components: temperament, character, cognitive capacity, and perceived social situation. It is argued that the personality of any individual may appear to others as having changed, but in fact there is only a strategic attempt at trying to adapt to differing demands of varied situations.

Keywords: Individual Behavior, Temperament, Character, Cognitive Capacity, Social Situation, Integrative Feature of Personality

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.25-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 599.592KB).

Dr. Yılmaz Özakpınar

Professor, Department of Psychology, Arel University, İstanbul, Turkey

I am a graduate of Cambridge University. I got my Ph.D. from Istanbul University and worked there as Professor of Psychology between 1978-2001. I was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt scholarship and did research at the University of Cologne, Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie for two years and at the University of Bern, Abteilung der pedagogischen Psychologie for three months. I was a visiting Fulbright professor at the University of Oregon for six months. My interest in Psychology lies, primarily, in the area of Learning, Memory and Thinking, and secondarily, in the problems of Cultural Change. Presently, I work on the psychological processes of decision-making and choice, and the theory of voluntary behavior.

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