What is the IMPLICIT PERSONALITY IN MENTAL HEALTH?
We use personality theories to explain why people may think, feel or act
in the way that they do.
For example, we can make assumption about the relationship between
behaviour and personality such as ‘fat people are jolly’, or ‘lean people are
mean’. These theories develop from social interactions.
However, we seem to over-estimate the stability of people’s
personalities over time, and consequently such implicit personality theories
may not be inaccurate.
Influence on the counsellor
The problem with implicit theory is that it is implicit. If it is introduced into the counselling
process somewhat whimsically without attempting to integrate it to theory, then
problems can arise. Also, such theories are often incorrect, inconsistent and
contradictory since they evolve in a haphazard way, often discard contrary
information, and are often not put to the test. The counsellor’s own implicit
theories can also impact on the counselling process if they do not…
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