Personality refers to individual differences in characteristic patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. The study of personality focuses on two broad areas: One is understanding individual differences in particular personality characteristics, such as sociability or irritability. The other is understanding how the various parts of a person come together as a whole.
Adapted from the Encyclopedia of Psychology
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Research suggests that dialectical behavior therapy and cognitive therapy can help people with one of the most common disorders.
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