Then, choose a famous person, and in your initial post, analyze his or her personality according to one of the theories. For example, according to your chosen theory, why does this person think, feel, or behave the way that he or she does?
Next, address the following: You have had the opportunity to assess your own personality throughout this course. what new insights have you had regarding your own personality? Further, how will the knowledge you gained from this course help you in your future studies or professional life? How you will incorporate your studies in personality psychology into your future career goals?
Respond to student posts
In responding to your classmates, share your reaction to their analysis of a famous person and offer your own assessment. Also, comment on the insights they have offered about their own personalities and how they will apply what they have learned going forward.
Billie Eilish has been singing from a young age. When she reached the age of thirteen, she sang “Ocean Eyes,” a song written by her brother, Finneas, and this started her career as a professional vocalist (CBS News, 2020). The song, like most of her other music, is one of heartbreak and tragedy. The first verse is about someone falling in love with someone, specifically looking into his or her eyes and seeing someone for who he or she truly is. It plays on the idea that the eyes are the windows to the soul. The second verse has the same theme of a girl obsessing over someone; however, Finneas has made it clear that the pair have split up, or perhaps they were never together to begin with, and their incompatibility has just become apparent to the protagonist of this song (AZ Lyrics, 2016). She also has a song about running from the police after committing multiple murders and one that is basically a suicide note in musical form, “Listen Before I Go.”
Despite her preference for melancholic music, Billie stated the following in an interview: “Nobody that knows me thinks I’m a dark person” (CBS News, 2020, n.p.). This is a very interesting concept indeed: despite singing such sad songs constantly, Billie would not describe herself as ‘dark.’ Another interesting takeaway from the interview was when it is stated that Billie experienced “…fame that [she] didn’t want…” last year (CBS News, 2020), which strongly contradicts the stereotype of an attention-seeking celebrity.
The trait perspective explains personality as being composed of traits. Traits might not always show themselves, but they generally do. For example, a very agreeable person might hoard food in the aftermath of a war that has had apocalyptic repercussions, despite the fact that agreeable people are helpful and kind in most settings (Cervone & Pervin, 2019). This perspective can be used to explain several takeaways from Billie’s interview. First, trait theory involves people having certain levels of each trait. For example, very few people are 100% agreeable, walking down the street handing money to anyone who walks by while they live homelessly. There is a generally balance between traits. With this in mind, Billie states that she is always laughing (CBS News, 2020), making it sound like she is generally a fun-loving person, but perhaps her music reflects a more minor, darker trait that she possesses, a small part of her personality. Or perhaps the darkness in her music is not a trait at all but is rather a symptom of her depression. Maybe singing helps Billie to manage her depressive symptoms. In regards to Billie stating that she did not wish to become famous, elaborating that she hates not being able to go out in public without being swarmed by fans, it sounds like Billie has very low levels of extraversion, resulting in her being timid and reserved (Cervone & Pervin, 2019).
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