Designer Personalities

What is a designer personality? Classification as a designer personality requires the individual’s personality be modified or altered through chemical means.  There is a great deal of controversy regarding treatment of psychiatric disorders solely with medicines, without the benefit of behavioral or cognitive therapies.  One typical example, frequently portrayed on television, is the person with … Continue reading

Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project produced groundbreaking research documenting human gene sequences.  The results of which have both positive and negative impact on our lives. Positive results of this research has been deepening understanding of our biological makeup, down to the smallest cellular structure advancing our scientific understanding of physiology and anatomy.  The goal of this … Continue reading

Designer Personalities

  Designer personality The concept of designer personality is a clear example of how the real world differs dramatically from idealistic black and white thinking.  Essentially, a personality altered by pharmaceuticals, legal or otherwise, would technically be considered a designer personality; however, the connotation is more in line with the selection of elective personality traits … Continue reading

Romantic Insecurities

    Shaver and colleagues developed romantic attachment theories on Bowlby and Ainsworth’s attachment infant-parent attachment theories (Friedman & Schustack, 2012). Adult romantic relationships parallel childhood attachment patterns. Although the Hazan and Shave (1987) study found approximately half of their participants had secure attachment recollections, one fourth had avoidance and one fourth anxious ambivalent, I … Continue reading

Romantic Attachment

    Parallel research in different, but related fields brought Bowlby and Ainsworth together as collaborators in developing Attachment Theory. Bowlby’s theories of attachment were conceived through research on infant / mother behaviors and bonding patterns. Specifically, Bowlby noted infant’s emotional reactions upon separation from primary caregivers in the form of protest, despair, and/or detachment. … Continue reading

Aggression and Hatred

    Aggression and Hate as Learned Behavior There is no doubt that some aggressive and hateful behaviors result from learning. For example, social learning theory suggests that great deals of children’s behaviors are learned through modeled behaviors, observed behaviors, imitation, and possibly vicarious reinforcement (Friedman & Schustack, 2012). For example, the cycle of abuse … Continue reading

Apply It: Jackie Chan

    Jackie Chan was born Chan Kong-sang in Hong Kong in 1954. The person Jackie Chan is today, is the result of multiple personality influences, including cultural (The Official Jackie Chan website, n.d.). One major childhood influence was regular kung fu training because his father believed it would help Jackie “build character.” Jackie’s father … Continue reading

Culture and Personality

    Culture is a broad term encompassing many elements, traditions, and norms assimilated into our sense of self from a wide variety of sources including ethnic groups, social norms, religious affiliations, gender affiliations, sexual orientation, and even geographical norms. The individual personality emerges from within a cultural context as a unique person, often expressing … Continue reading

Hormone Driven Personality Characteristics

    Friedman and Schustack (2012) indicate there is hormone research indicating a connection between prenatal hormones and pubescent hormones related to certain personality characteristics. Evidence for genetic/hormonal influences on personality resulting from prenatal abnormalities is hormone production include the example of Turner’s Syndrome whereby a child is born with only the X (female) chromosome, … Continue reading

Apply It: Cesar Millan

    Apply It: Cesar Millan Friedman and Schustack (2012) discuss self-healing personalities in our text, one of which is described as “the calmer, more relaxed type – active, alert, involved, and responsive, but calm, philosophical, and bemused” (p. 401). A famous personality that immediately came to mind when I read this description was Cesar … Continue reading