Personality has been defined as a ‘pattern of characteristic thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that distinguishes one person from another and that persists over time and situation’ (Phares, 1991: 4).

Every one of us has his/her own unique pattern of feelings, thoughts and behavior. Some even claim that this distinctive medley of characteristics is as exclusive to the individual as are his/her fingerprints. It is of utmost importance for our sense of identity that our personality remains stable and consistent: we need to maintain a sense of who we are and how we distinguish ourselves from our fellow men. This does not mean that we are predictable and dependent, however. We are certainly no programmed robots destined for one reaction ...

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