Brain, Mind: Human Personality's Stability, Variability, and Multiplicity
An Analysis of "Personality" Based on Neurophysiology, Biochemistry, and Psychology
With Emphasis on the Importance of Multiplicity of Personality Expressions
by Helmut Schwab, Princeton, NJ,  2002/2003

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Summary:
"Personality" including "character", "temperament" is not an invariable characterization of each individual, as commonly assumed.  Personality changes slowly with age, more readily under biochemical or psychological influences and dramatically under situational conditions indicating the availability of a wide spectrum of personality expressions to each individual.  A better understanding of the formative factors of personality and its expressions is desirable to properly direct efforts for personality retention, modification, or suitable expression.  Substantial benefits for personal and inter-human relations could be derived.

Table of Contents:

1. Why This Essay and Concept Analysis

1.1. Why this Essay
1.2. General Definition of Personality, Character, and Temperament
1.3. Specific Definition of Personality
1.4. Description of Personality and Personality Traits
1.5. Personality Traits: Linear Valuation or Bipolar Balance
1.6. Stability, Variability, and Multiplicity of Personality
2. The Formative Factors of Personality
2.1. Modes of Personality Expression
2.2. Neurophysiologic Factors of Personality
2.3. Biochemical Factors of Personality
2.4. Psychological Factors of Personality
2.5. Interrelation of Different Personality Factors and Variety of Personalities
3. Change or Retention of Personality or Personality Expression
3.1. Personality and Personality Expression
3.2. Variability of Human Personality or Personality Expression
3.3. Reasons for Change
3.4. Problems with the Definition of Goals and Objectives for Personality Change
3.5. Methods for Change or Retention of Stability of Personality
4. Pathological Situations, Corrective Action

5. Conclusions