Five Common Personality Determinants

Updated on December 28, 2017
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Before discussing the most common determinants of personality, it is necessary to answer the question, "What is personality?" For the answer, we turn to American psychologist Gordon Allport, who describes personality as:

The dynamic organization within the individual of those psychophysical systems that determine his unique adjustments to his environment.

What Are Personality Determinants?

Personality is not determined by a single factor, but by an accumulation of many factors. Some of those factors are psychological, while others are physical, biological, and hereditary. I have compiled some of the most influential factors when it comes to determinants of personality.

The brain is, unsurprisingly, one of the most important personality determinants.
The brain is, unsurprisingly, one of the most important personality determinants. | Source

1. Brain

The brain is one of the most important personality determinants. It is generally believed the father and the child adopt almost the same type of brain stimulation. Later differences are the result of the environment in which the child has grown.

Physical characteristics are influential personality determinants.
Physical characteristics are influential personality determinants. | Source

2. Physical Characteristics

One of the most important factors in determining personality are an individual's physical characteristics. These factors play a vital role in determining one’s behavior in a social organization. Physical characteristics include, but are not limited to:

  • Height
  • Skin tone
  • Weight
  • Hair color
  • Beauty

These factors influence interactions with other people, contributing to personality development.

One's social experiences greatly influence personality.
One's social experiences greatly influence personality. | Source

3. Social Experiences

Social experiences play a vital role in determining one’s personality. The things that occur around a person on a regular basis determine how that person will behave and perceive themselves. A person's social experiences affect:

  • Coordination
  • Cooperation
  • Family relationships
  • Organizational relationships
  • Workplaces relationships
  • Involvement in communities

The religion or creed one is raised with changes how they'll behave for the rest of their lives.
The religion or creed one is raised with changes how they'll behave for the rest of their lives. | Source

4. Culture and Religion

The culture in which one lives almost always involves:

  • Traditional practices
  • Norms
  • Customs
  • Procedures
  • Rules and regulations
  • Precedents
  • Values.

These are all highly influential determinants of personality.

The genes one receives from their parents will affect their personality.
The genes one receives from their parents will affect their personality. | Source

5. Heredity

Perhaps the most surprising and astonishing personality determinant is heredity. The example given below is quite interesting, and comes from the book Essentials of Organizational Behavior by Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy A. Judge, and Seema Sanghi:

Researchers in my many different countries have studies thousands of sets of identical twins who were separated at birth and raised separately. For instance, one set of twins who had been separated for 39 years and raised 45 miles apart, were found to drive the same model and color car. They also chain-smoked the same brand of cigarette, owned dogs with the same name, and regularly enjoyed vacations within three blocks of each other in a beach community 1,500 miles away.

Heredity is perhaps the most important factor in determining personality, since mostly all other determinants, such as physical characteristics, gender, psychology, and more, are passed down through genes.

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        Freshman Ekwe, from Jos, North central Nigeria. 

        4 months ago

        Simple and easy. Resaerch on twins, fascinating. Thank you.

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        Bete Kingdom from Nigeria south south 

        7 months ago

        this works is very wonderful and impressive.

        Thanks

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        Chetna 

        10 months ago

        Nice very easy to understand thank u so much

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        ekant tyagi 

        13 months ago

        thnk u.

        easly understood...

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        swati 

        2 years ago

        I like it.

        It is very useful and easy to understand

        thank u so much

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        maludad 

        2 years ago

        thanks 456121

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        Dollz 

        4 years ago

        There are other determinants too what are their implications when it comes to performance on the job?

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        Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

        4 years ago from USA

        I've researched some of the twin studies and this is a very interesting and often even fascinating topic. Thanks for your insightful hub!

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        BEEZKNEEZ 

        5 years ago

        This is a pretty cool hub. Some of the factors make sense but I had never thought of them.

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        preethi 

        5 years ago

        It is very useful thanq

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        zarnain 

        5 years ago

        its v helpful :)

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        Qumby 

        5 years ago

        Very nice ^_^

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        joyce muyai 

        6 years ago

        thankyou for your compilledad fully reaserch on determinants of personality it has helped me in doing my assingments.thumps up to you all.

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        jonathan matthews 

        6 years ago

        This is really facinating stuff thanks for that. However I am sceptical, at least that heriditary has as big an effect as they claim. The twins study does not seam to deal with personality at all but rather with a search for similarities, how many things that were different about the twins identies does it fail to mention? Drive same car, is it a common car? dogs name - "Prince" or "sheba" maybe even "blackie" or something, holiday in the nearby idylic resort, well doesn't everyone. They were rasied in the same culture its hardly suprising they have similar tastes, and combined with an inherent predisposition for brain pathways to operate in a certain way the law of averages means their will be commonalies somewhere, especailly in a a sample of thousands, but what of their personalities? Their job? Their family life? It certainly intersting though, I go to find out more.

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        Linda Bilyeu 

        6 years ago from Orlando, FL

        Very interesting!!! I have twin grand babies who are one year old and I already notice how their behaviors are similar! Great hub!!

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        tamene 

        6 years ago

        thanks so much for the information what i have got from your article.

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        missmufett 

        6 years ago

        Thanks so much for the information. It has helped me withh my essay in which I am arguing that personality is influenced by both nature and nurture.

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        misha 

        6 years ago

        This piece of information is really interesting, as well it helped me in my assignment........

        I REALLY LIKED IT

        I APPRECIATE U

        I love reading about this kind of stuff....thankx again to share ur outstandng knowldge wd us........such a gr8 work

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        Ranu saini 

        6 years ago

        Thnx it helps we to understand clearly about the determinants or traits of personality or help u to give our best presentation

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        NOOR 

        6 years ago

        I REALLY LIKED IT

        I APPRECIATE U

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        ajay raj 

        6 years ago

        nce article helped me a lot

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        Rubaba 

        6 years ago

        This piece of information is really interesting, as well it helped me in my assignment. After going through this article I concluded my report that basically two factors are responsible for personality. One being the environment in which we live and the other is the hereditary. Is this right?

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        Noor Ullah 

        7 years ago

        nice one thanks

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        shrinivas 

        7 years ago

        im shrinivas from karnataka i have staded in m.com and also my intrested in business management know other

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        Mazlan 

        7 years ago from Malaysia

        Hi

        Good article. I recently posted a Personality Test taken from Jerry M. Burger's book "Personality". What is interesting is that, if we know our personality type, it helps us in so many things that we do, why we do etc

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        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        @priyanka: All the above mentioned things will fall in the category of physical factors. If any factor that will affect the mental state of the person is there, it will eventually change his personality.

        A very beautiful girl may act proudly and with ego or attitude. A not so beautiful person may act humbly. These are not 'fix' things but they help determining a personality.

        Hope it helped :)

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        priyanka 

        7 years ago

        want to know more in this.. like.. body build,attractiveness physical changes body control accidents physical defects health conditions.. what they play role in personality determinants.

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        CWanamaker 

        7 years ago from Arizona

        Great information. The hereditary factors are quite shocking indeed. Its interesting to see how two people raised in completely different environments can have the same personality traits, likes, and dislikes.

        I once read about some twins that were separated at birth and were raised in completely different countries. Both of them had similar tastes in foods and were morbidly obese. This sheds some light on the genetics of obesity.

        I love reading about this kind of stuff.

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        Hitesh 

        7 years ago

        gud n it ws awesome 2 knw smething new..

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        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        @Alastar: I think now I am getting to your point. I am hoping to further improve myself on the thing that you have mentioned :)

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        Alastar Packer 

        7 years ago from North Carolina

        Here's a good one to ponder Hunbbel. Why did my interest go to that article. Why is this one as you say the only one that gets you decent traffic? This is not a proper synonym but consider fish-bait. Once while fishing the biggest bass fish ever came into the shallow water. I tried tossing everything- worms, lures etc in front of the fish but the fish wasn't interested. Then I remembered a friend had some crayfish over on the pier. He hit that bait like no tomorrow and turned into the biggest freshwater fish I've ever caught. Probably a State record but I had to return him to the water. The point is find out what you have to offer readers that will be interesting for them. From what can be deduced from your site I'd go to writers sites who write in the general areas you do and see what's working for them and what people are really going for. Read and sincerely comment on the ones you really like if your not already doing this. In time you'll see the fruits of your efforts and your decent traffic will be spread out amongst many Hubs.

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        LAKAI LOHFA 

        7 years ago

        I really enjoy reading your article on person. I pray for more wisdom to help educate us more. Thanks so much.

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        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        @Alastar: Thank you sir for stopping by. Yes the hub is on Google's 1st page (which I didn't even try to lol). There are some other hubs as well - on Google's 1st page, but this is the only one that brings me a decent amount of traffic daily.

        Thank you for your sincere advice sir. In fact, now I do the same thing i.e. putting the link part at the very end. Actually this hub was my 8th or 9th hub and I was just starting out so I didn't have much knowledge about the lay-out, but now that I have, I do precisely what you are suggesting me :)

        And I would love to have your sincere and honest opinions about my articles. You are very welcome :)

        Thanks for your encouragement and time.

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        Alastar Packer 

        7 years ago from North Carolina

        Hunbbel your obviously intelligent and have done your research well. Btw, this Hub is on the first page of Google under the title. How are your others? Have you checked? Last night after reading your poem then posting I'd read an article or two of yours today with the thought of telling you what I thought so here it is: the articles well written and formatted. The only thing I would advise- and some one with more knowledge might advise different- is putting the first part(links)last instead of at the beginning. I'll read some more through the week if you wish. I see your author score has gone up 4 points- your getting there my friend.

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        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        Thank you apurva for stopping by :)

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        apurva joshi 

        7 years ago from INDIA

        quite an interesting topic. great work:)

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        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        @Gerald: I'm glad that you liked it :) Thanks

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        Gerald Hinampas Concha 

        7 years ago

        :) i really liked it

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        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        Oh that's great. I am glad I was able to help you out through my efforts =)

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        Claudin_Dayo 

        7 years ago from Southeast Asia

        of course.. . =) it made me conclude why that person is like this and that after hearing his family back ground, past and the environment where he grew

      • Hunbbel Meer profile imageAUTHOR

        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        Thanks for the feedback :)

        So did this help you? :)

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        Claudin_Dayo 

        7 years ago from Southeast Asia

        During my psychology days, I found this topic of yours on it's lessons and I really stirs up my interest because it deals with studying our own race! =)

        Nice

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        Syed Hunbbel Meer 

        7 years ago from Karachi, Pakistan.

        Oh thank you so much. A positive comment from such a prolific and experienced hubber like you, really mean a lot to me :)

        I am really glad that you liked my work.

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        kephrira 

        7 years ago from Birmingham

        A well rounded look at the subject, thumbs up from me!

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