Society has several mechanisms for building our personality. The first mechanism is socialization and the second mechanism is social control. By defining what behavior is good, society also defines what is deviant behavior. Through socialization we learn who we are and what is expected of us and others in our culture. All of our identities come from society. Socialization begins in childhood and continues throughout our lives, building our personality as we move through different institutions. Socialization helps in the process of personality formation. Even if human personality is the result of our genes, the socialization process can mold it. Our social class, race and gender affect how we are socialized.
Society provides us with ideologies, justifications for our systems of socialization, social control and stratification, and other social arrangements. Sociologists use the term sociological imagination to describe the ability to see the impact of these processes on our private lives, that we are a consequence of society.
Because of the continuous operation of the four mechanisms society uses to produce us, it is difficult for a single person to make significant societal changes. However, many important changes happen because of social movements, which consist of many people organized to promote social change. We participate in socializing others, carrying out social control, reproducing the stratification system, and promoting ideologies. Sociologists use the term the social construction of reality to describe how people build the social world, especially as it is done through our everyday interactions. - David Schweingruber.
Different perspectives have been taken on the study of personality. The tradition of personality research has attempted to present theories which can be supported or disproven scientifically. In both cases, the usefulness of a theory in advancing knowledge about personality depends on the relationship between the theory and the method in which it was derived. The history of personality research has been characterized by self-criticism and dramatic shifts in methodology.
A Complementary Perspective to Primary Socialization
David N. Nurco, D.S.W., Monroe Lerner, Ph.D., L.H.D. (Hon.)
Abstract: Primary socialization theory as formulated by Oetting and his associates emphasizes the transmission of societal norms during childhood and adolescence within societys three major socializing agencies: family, school, and small, intimate peer groups.
Personality traits and other personal characteristics influence negative outcomes only to the extent that they interfere with socialization. Our research does not address primary socialization theory directly. We have studied social factors, personality factors, and various psychopathologies as etiological for deviance and substance abuse. Our research has supported the hypotheses of primary socialization theory.
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Personality and Social Behavior (Frontiers of Social Psychology) Frederick Rhodewalt.
Personality Psychology:Domains of Knowledge About Human Nature Randy J Larsen David M Buss.
Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research by Howard S. Friedman and Miriam W. Schustack.
Social Structure and Personality by Talcott Parsons.
Family: Socialization and Interaction Process - Robert F. Bales.
Theories of Personality Book by Calvin S. Hall, Gardner Lindzey, John B. Campbell
Personality by Jerry M. Burger.
Handbook of Socialization: Theory and Research by Joan E. Grusec and Paul D. Hastings.
Handbook of Personality: Theory and Research, Second Edition Book by Lawrence A. Pervin (Editor), Oliver P. John (Editor).
Motivational Science: Social and Personality Perspectives: Key Readings (Key Readings in Social Psychology) by E.tory Higgins.
Personality in Intimate Relationships: Socialization and Psychopathology Luciano L'Abate.
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Child Training and Personality: A Cross-Cultural Study John W. M. Whiting, Irvin L. Child.
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