Personality Psychology (PSY405)
Assignment No. 01
Due Date: November 26, 2013
Marks: 20
Upon the completion of this assignment, students will learn:
 How to critically analyze a personality characteristics of a hero
 It will be a source of inspiration for students
In this assignment you are required to analyze the personality of famous talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist “Oprah Winfery”. Go to the given profile’s link of Oprah Winfery on Wikipedia. You are supposed to read the whole profile and analyze her personality according to given instructions:
Link for Oprah Winfery profile:
Report on Personality analysis:
1. Strengths: (5)
In the first part of assignment you are required to describe the personality strengths of Oprah Winfery. Secondly you are also required to describe how her strengths helped her in becoming what she is today.
2. Weaknesses: (5)
In the second part of your assignments you are required to describe the weaknesses of Oprah’s personality. Also describe how she has dealt with her weaknesses.
3. Opportunities: (5)
In the third part describe how she converted some events of her life into opportunities. Discuss in detail her opportunities and her way to gain maximum out of that opportunity.
4. View: (5)
In last part conclude what you have learned from this assignment. Did you learn anything important?
Note: This is a non-graded activity. Its purpose is to enhance your command on the subject. It’s marks will not be included in your final assessment.
Only in the case of Assignment, 24 hours extra / grace period after the due date is usually available to overcome uploading difficulties which may be faced by the students on last date. This extra time should only be used to meet the emergencies and above mentioned due dates should always be treated as final to avoid any inconvenience.

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25 Lessons Learned from Oprah Winfrey

While I can’t possibly do justice to Oprah’s lifetime of contribution and service, what I can do is look for themes and patterns.  I think the most important theme I noticed is that Oprah is a self-starter and she’s a visionary.  Her determination and drive carry her forward, while her reflection and continuous growth help her redefine who she is and carry the best forward.  It’s like a fine wine getting better with age.  Here are 25 lessons from Oprah we can learn and model from:

  1. Keep your dreams right in front of you. Keep your eye on the prize and follow your dreams. Oprah is a fan of using your dreams as inspiration and guide for your choices in life.   She’s recommended creating a vision board to map out what you really want.
  2. Anyone can go from rags to riches. No excuses. It’s not what you were born into; it’s what you do with what you’ve got. Oprah made herself who she is.  No matter how bad your past was, it doesn’t need to limit your destiny unless you live in the past.
  3. Surround yourself with an A-team. Learn from the best.  Find the mentors and coaches that can help you bring out your best.  Oprah has a team of experts on her side.  For health, Oprah has Dr. Mehmet OzBob Greene, and Dr. Katz.  For spirit, she has Deepak ChopraMarianne WilliamsonElizabeth Lesser, and Martha Beck.  For style, she has Val Monroe and Adam Glassman.  For relationships, she has Lisa Kogan and Dr. Laura Bergman.  For home, she has Nate BerkusPeter Walsh, and Simran Sethi.  For money, she has Suze Orman and Jean Chatzky.   She’s worked with best-selling author, Eckhart Tolle and “relationship and life strategy expert,” Dr. Phil.  Who’s in your corner?  It doesn’t need to be somebody famous.  You can learn from people in the past or in the present, from books, or in real life.  “Stand on the shoulders of giants” instead of start from scratch.
  4. Declutter your life.  Clean up your messes.  This could be your house (and Oprah has plenty of resources for organizing and simplifying.)  This could be your emotions.  This could be your everyday schedule.  Declutter to create space for opportunity, creativity, and a sense of well-being.  Decluttering can help you get rid of the energy drains and chaos.
  5. Live in a more conscious way. Increase your awareness.  Be mindful.  Be in the moment.  Make thoughtful choices.  For example, don’t make emotional food choices.  Improve your self-awareness.
  6. Practice an attitude of gratitude.  Don’t have a sense of entitlement.  Appreciate what you’ve got, what you get, and don’t take things for granted.
  7. Make the most of what you’ve got. Make the most of … your mind … your body … your emotions (including self-esteem and confidence) … your relationships … your home.
  8. Embrace the body you’ve got. Nourish your body. Look your best. Feel your best.  Like it or not, your body is yours.  Take care of it, so it can take care of you.  After all, it needs to last you a life time.
  9. Learn for life. Nourish your mind. Reading is fundamental. Oprah is a firm believer in education and the power of know-how. In the words of Oprah, “Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”
  10. Live your best life.  Take responsibility.  Be accountable to yourself and to your dreams.  Don’t settle.  Oprah has extensive resources to help you live your best life.  Check out Live Your Best Life and Oprah’s Best Life Video Webcast Archive.
  11. Live your own dreams. Be true to you.   Live your truths.  At the end of the day, you’re the one that knows your hopes and dreams and can make them happen.  Make sure they’re you’re dreams and not somebody else’s.
  12. Enjoy your space. Take care of your surroundings. According to Oprah, one of the best things you can ever give yourself is to have beautiful surroundings.
  13. Don’t let fear hold you back.  Take bold action.  Don’t let fear make your decisions for you.
  14. Think you can. If you believe, you can achieve. Build your confidence and your self-esteem, one small moment, one choice, or one private victory at a time.
  15. Give back. Oprah consistently demonstrates philanthropy and contribution. She’s effectively dedicated her life to helping other’s live their best life.
  16. Keep it real. She lives larger than life, but she’s human. She’s vulnerable. She has her flaws. She strives for a better life. She lives a life of continuous improvement.
  17. Own it. It’s your life.  Don’t point fingers.  Don’t play the blame game.  Make your dreams happen.
  18. Find your inner peace. Drop the baggage. Forgive and forget. Another key here is self-knowledge and integrity. Be the person you say you are, forgive yourself when you aren’t, and lead the life you want to live.
  19. Don’t give up. Don’t give up on your dreams. Don’t give up on you.  Persistence pays off.
  20. Be present. Live in the now, with an eye to the future.  Know the results you’re getting.  If you don’t like what you’re getting, change your approach.  The most important thing you can change first is your attitude.
  21. Journal it.  Writing your thoughts can help you reflect and get a more objective look at things.  There’s a lot to be said for thinking on paper, even if it’s simple as just organizing your thoughts.  Your journal can help improve your self-talk and it can help remind you what you think is important.  It can also help you declutter your emotions and your mind.
  22. Life’s short.  It really is.  As 25 years of the Oprah Winfrey Show ends, and a new chapter for Oprah begins, it’s another reminder that time is limited, life it short, and the best you can do is make the most of what you’ve got.
  23. Live without ego.  Eckhart Tolle teaches us that our egos get in the way of living our best life, and Oprah reinforces this message.  Through self-acceptance, living in the moment, finding our truths, and giving ourselves to a higher purpose, we unleash our best.
  24. Savor the moments. Savor your relationships.  Savor your choices.  Savor your food.  Savor your joys.  Take in your moments.  Your moments make up your life.
  25. Add fresh starts to your life.  Whether it’s a new day, a new week, a new month, a new year … or simply a new attitude, make it a fresh start.  Find the ways to renew yourself, whether it’s a make-over for you or your house, and find the inspiration for a new lease on life.


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