2) Developmental Stages
Our personality traits come in opposites. We think of ourselves as optimistic or pessimisic, independent or dependent, emotional or unemotional, adventurous or cautious, leader or follower, aggressive or passive. Many of these are inborn temperament traits, but other characteristics, such as feeling either competent or inferior, appear to be learned, based on the challenges and support we receive in growing up.
Arlene F. Harder, MA, MFT