Theories Of Personality: I Think, Therefore Who Am I? –
What is theory? What is personality? What is your theory of your personality? This course introduces the student to a number of personality theorists, their personalities, and their views in offering insight in to the question of the self. Psychoanalytic, social, behavioral, traits, biological, humanistic, and cognitive are some of the theories that will be discussed in this course.
Explain Jane Loevinger's stages of ego development.
Examine Erik Erikson's eight stages of life.
Analyze George Kelly's theory of personal constructs.
Examine the major components of social-cognitive theory.
Describe how cognitive styles influence personality.
Compare and contrast the psychoanalytic, humanistic, and diversity views of human motivation.
Personality Traits Over Time
Compare genetic and environmental influences on trait origins and development.
Discuss trait continuity patterns from infancy through adulthood.
Distinguish between absolute continuity and differential continuity.
Discuss the meaning and implications of the Big Five basic trait clusters.
The Nature of Traits
Compare and contrast the different positions of the nature of traits as presented by 20th-century theorists.
Compare mechanistic and reciprocal interactionism.
Describe the qualities of an effective trait inventory.
Social-Learning Theory and Behaviorism
Summarize key concepts of behaviorism and of Bandura's social-learning theory.
Describe the three historic periods of modern personality psychology.
Explain the three steps of the scientific process as applied to personality psychology.
Discuss the three levels of personality.
Describe the five basic dispositional traits.
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