Psychology Of Personality – psy250 (3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the study of personality.  The course examines theoretical explanations for understanding personality development and explores each theory.  The course also investigates how personality is assessed.  The focus is on approaches that psychology has developed for understanding personality and on applications for organizational processes.

This undergraduate-level course is weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Psychoanalytic and Trait Theories

  • Explain the underlying methodological basis of trait theories.
  • Analyze components of the psychoanalytic approach to personality.
  • Compare and contrast psychoanalytic theories of Freud, Jung, and Adler.
  • Define personality using the Big Five personality factors.

Biological and Humanistic Theories

  • Describe biological factors that influence personality formation.
  • Identify the effect of growth needs on personality formation.
  • Explain basic aspects of humanistic personality theory.

Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Theories

  • Identify key principles of operant conditioning.

  • Define cognitive processes associated with personality development.
  • Describe components of the social/cognitive approach to personality formation.
  • Explain personality formation from a behavioral approach.

Person-Situation Interactions

  • Identify theorists who have contributed to the study of person-situation interactions. 
  • Describe the influence of situations on personality and behavior.
  • Examine how person-situation interactions can alter personality.

Introduction to Psychology of Personality

  • Define personality.
  • Describe the reliability and validity of personality measurements.
  • Explain personality constructs as a basis of personality theories.

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