Autobiography In PsychologyThis print version free essay Autobiography In Psychology.
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Many times in peopleâ€™s lives, they are asked to define their personality and they do not know how to respond. What is the actual definition of personality and how can we define our own? Personality is a unique consistent pattern of thinking, feeling, and acting. In other words, personality is a combination of characteristics or qualities that form the person in you. Like a painting, there are many different color schemes that combine in order to show the big picture. There is no such thing as a person without a personality. Some people may not have very extroverted characteristics; this means that they have a shy or colorless personality.
Now its time for me to define my personality. Who am I? What events in my life influenced the person that I am today? Well I guess it started when I was born. The first few seconds that I peaked my head out of my motherâ€™s womb into a huge place I now call â€œthe worldâ€. I was in a room with people surrounding me and caring for my every need; such as cutting my umbilical cord, cleaning my body of amniotic fluid, and bonding with this woman that I now call â€œmommyâ€. These first few moments in my life had a major impact on who I am today. Just think how it would be like if you were born, and just let out into the world without anyone to care for your needs. After all, this is the beginning of the dependency stage.
So the next few years in my life were a breeze. Old people pinching my cheeks, saying how adorable I was, feeding me, bathing me, burping me, changing my diapers, etc. during these years in my life my body would adapt to the world around me. I feel that if I didnâ€™t get the care and nurturing that I needed from others, than I wouldnâ€™t be able to move on to the next stage in my life; The independent stage.
Now Iâ€™m 5 years old and cruising through life; eating cookies, watching TV, trying on my motherâ€™s lipstick, everythingâ€™s going great. Then one day I hear of this place called â€œschoolâ€. Whatâ€™s happening? One day Iâ€™m chilling in my house, the next day my parents are leaving me for these too smelly ladies who wear hair nets. So I tried this independent thing, it was hard at first but then I met my first friend. I was now able to converse with people on the same level as me and share hobbies and interests. This would be the second bond I have in my life. This bond strengthened my ability to work well with others.
So far Iâ€™ve been doing pretty good with the life thing. My family seems to be treating me well, my friends like me, and Iâ€™m experiencing new things. I got a few scrapes and bruises along the way, but all and all, everythingâ€™s fine. Now, Iâ€™m 7 years old on my first trip to Israel. Iâ€™m having fun doing my thing until we went down to the pool area. Iâ€™m 7 years old and Iâ€™ve come face to face with one of the worst fears what would haunt my dreams for years; water! I tried â€œswimmiesâ€ and all sorts of ways to alleviate the fear but I just couldnâ€™t do it. In fact this past fear still has an effect on my life today. Although, I can now float in the water and tread water, my fear of dunking my head held me back from doing a lot of things that the â€œcool kidsâ€ were doing and the lens in which I saw the world shifted to a different magnitude based on the cool kid vs. the wimp. Soon, one fear led to the next and I was afraid to ride roller coasters. The world I once knew became a whole new world that I had to adapt to because of my obsessive fear of injury or death.
As I moved on in my life, I tried to deal with the pressures of fitting in and showed a stronger side of my personality to conceal my weaknesses. So I worked on my disposition, a strong characteristic that I can thank my parents for. This attracted the kind of friends who would later in my life care for me and give me the sound advice that I would need to become the person I want to become. When I was in the 3rd grade, I made best friends with two very good people that I am still close with today. David and Hiram have left a major impact on the person I am today. I canâ€™t imagine any other people bring the best out of me than these two did. As long as I was friends with them, I felt secure and sure that their guidance would lead me through my journey on the road to success.
As I grew older, I noticed a change in the way I identified myself. At the age of 12, I hit puberty and my hormones were raging. I now understood that the stalk didnâ€™t really drop me off at my doorstep. I was now introduced to the next bond in my life, the female. Females have had a major impact on the way a man governs his life. At this time in my life I knew to be more adamant about my hygiene and the way I present myself in public. This way, I might attract the same girls that attracted my attention. I was fairly good at conversing with the opposite sex and this was some sort of fulfillment in my life that greatly influenced the way I think and act, not only to impress others but also to feel good about myself.
After I hit puberty, I realized a new Joey. A more a mature Joey, who started caring for the feelings of others rather than just myself. It was a good time for this to happen since my Bar Mitzvah was right around the corner. It was soon time for me to be recognized as a man. It was also a time where I found myself connected to God. This spiritual feeling gave me a stronger guidance which I did not yet realize until I was a little older. Religion is a big factor that helped me and will continue to help me get to the right places the in right way. My parents had taught me about religion to instill morals and values that I use today to manage the way I act toward people. Religion has also taught me principles that I use to help me value my self worth. This spiritual guidance that I was taught, provided me with a great sense of security and a reason to live.
As I excelled to high school, I started to open up my mind and realize whatâ€™s going on in the world around me. One person that helped me do this was my brother Hymie. As we would engage in deep conversation he would enlighten me about how his past experiences influenced the way he would govern his actions in the productive manner to get the results he wants. We would talk for hours about anything important to us and figure out ways that we can be proactive towards our futures. Hymie had a very powerful influence on the way I choose to make my decisions and is more than a brother, but a mentor.
In conclusion, a personâ€™s characteristics are based on how earlier events in their life impacted them. From toddler to teenager, a lot has happened in the past 16 years that make me who I am. So many colors have gone into my personality that makes â€œthe big pictureâ€ what it is, and the best part about life is that Iâ€™m the artist!