Theories of Personality

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There have been different views as to why college students cheat. Itshould not be assumed that the vice is intentional because variousfactors may contribute to cheating. Some are either personal orsituational. Most of the behavioral traits take shape from an earlyage (Burger, 2015). Students may cheat because of unpreparedness,poor time management skills, and a justification that it contributesto success, and. Most of the identified reasons are personal forexample, unpreparedness and time management. The need to succeed incollege is attributed to competition, both for grades and jobopportunities outside the college environment.

Personal factors and situational causes may contribute to cheatingbehavior in various ways. Personality comprises of regular behavioralpatterns and intrapersonal attributes that originate within anindividual. College students do not act the same way in differentcircumstances. Personal factors have a direct influence on thesituational causes. Cognitive approach best explains the cheatingbehavior among college students. The theory argues that peopleprocess information in different ways which clearly justify theirbehavioral tendencies (Burger, 2015). The cheating behavior may beattributed as a way of mitigating their inability to control events.Students are motivated to engage in the habit because of the pressurethat society has exerted on the need to have good grades. Thesituational causes such as the society’s need for good gradeseffectively promote the behavior. The inability to manage variousactivities’ time such as studies, home activities, and games,provides an opportunity for cheating in class.

In conclusion, certain behaviors require the understanding of thehuman personality as it will help in determining its practicality.There is a relationship between personal factors and situationalcauses. They can positively and negatively affect the behavioralpatterns of an individual.


Burger, J. M. (2015).&nbspPersonality&nbsp(9th ed.).Stamford: Cengage Learning