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.
Describe the reliability and validity of personality measurements.
Explain personality constructs as a basis of personality theories.
Psychoanalytic and 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.
Explain the underlying methodological basis of trait theories.
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
Explain personality formation from a behavioral approach.
Identify key principles of operant conditioning.
Define cognitive processes associated with personality development.
Describe components of the social/cognitive approach to personality formation.
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.
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