At first glance, personality appears deceptively easy to define. We frequently make observations about friends, family and even strangers that amount to short commentaries about their distinctive personalities. In "Giving Birth to Ourselves: Reflections on Personality," psychologist and educator Dann Hazel takes a closer look at the complexities of personality. First, he examines the role of internal conflicts in the shaping of personality. Next, the interplay of mind, environment, determination and freedom is shown to play large roles in cultivating personal resiliency. The third chapter of the book focuses on the "trait theory" of personality, the most widely accepted and perhaps most easily understood approach to studying personality. The book concludes with an unbridled look at the personality of hate in an attempt to understand prejudice and racism.
About the Author
Dann Hazel, Ph.D., is a Florida-based educator, life coach, and author. His professional experience includes teaching high school students, directing college preparatory grants, counseling in a private psychiatric hospital, teaching psychology on the college level, and writing. He has earned three master's degrees (in education, clinical psychology, and media psychology), as well as a doctorate in psychology. Dann's doctoral dissertation is entitled Relationships of Psychological Well-Being, Social Morals, and Personality among Religious and Non-Religious Individuals. A book based on his research findings will be released in 2016. His writing credits include a number of magazine articles about the Spoleto U.S.A. Festival in Charleston, SC, a young adult novel, and Witness: Gay and Lesbian Clergy Report from the Front. For about six years, he co-authored several Walt Disney World guidebooks with his spouse. His short stories, including "The Tick Wars," "Haitian Elegy," and "Riding to Jedburg," focus on characters facing unique obstacles to fulfillment, yet, because of their ability to cultivate confidence in their personal strengths, they emerge victorious from life's challenges. Dann currently resides with his spouse, Josh Fippen, and their Siberian Husky, Rocky, in beautiful Lake Wales, Florida.