Sample Research Paper

Many social thinkers, especially contemporary women disregard this theory and term it as discrimination against women. Their belief is that men and women, both, undergo same emotional and physical stress at one point or another in their lives. However, the external factors influencing their personality traits might be different for both the genders depending on the culture, society and religious affiliations of the individuals. In a matriarchal society, women would be more extrovert compared to men while, in a patriarchal society, men would be more extrovert. Therefore, these psychologists believe that personality traits are more or less similar if not the same in, both, men and women.

The social psychologists defend themselves by stating that “throughout evolution, male and female human beings have had different roles to play as a natural result of biological differences” (Pervin et al, 2004, p. 308). Therefore, their personality traits have evolved accordingly. This logic is backed by philosophies of some of their contemporaries that personality traits are “not a product of an individual’s social experience, but of the experiences of one’s ancestors over the course of evolution” (Pervin et al, 2004, p. 141).

Psychologists claim that the individuals might be the way they are due to their “biological nature” which is the “biological features” that they have “inherited” and at the same time, their “personality” is reflective of their “nurturing”. This further supports the philosophies of many contemporary social scientists who believe that traits are hereditary but are impacted by the environment (Pervin et al, 2004, p. 13).

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