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Personality Traits Over Time
- Distinguish between absolute continuity and differential continuity.
- Discuss trait continuity patterns from infancy through adulthood.
- Compare genetic and environmental influences on trait origins and development.
- Compare and contrast the psychoanalytic, humanistic, and diversity views of human motivation.
- Describe how cognitive styles influence personality.
- Examine the major components of social-cognitive theory.
- Analyze George Kelly's theory of personal constructs.
Stages of Life and Development
- Examine Erik Erikson's eight stages of life.
- Explain Jane Loevinger's stages of ego development.
Narrative Identity and You
- Compose a personal narrative identity.
- Construct a unique personality theory.
- Discuss the meaning and implications of the Big Five basic trait clusters.
The Nature of Traits
- Describe the qualities of an effective trait inventory.
- Compare mechanistic and reciprocal interactionism.
- Compare and contrast the different positions of the nature of traits as presented by 20th-century theorists.
- Describe the five basic dispositional traits.
- Discuss the three levels of personality.
- Explain the three steps of the scientific process as applied to personality psychology.
Social-Learning Theory and Behaviorism
- Describe the three historic periods of modern personality psychology.
- Summarize key concepts of behaviorism and of Bandura's social-learning theory.
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