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.
Examine how person-situation interactions can alter personality.
Describe the influence of situations on personality and behavior.
Identify theorists who have contributed to the study of person-situation interactions.
Behavioral and Social/Cognitive Theories
Describe components of the social/cognitive approach to personality formation.
Define cognitive processes associated with personality development.
Identify key principles of operant conditioning.
Explain personality formation from a behavioral approach.
Biological and Humanistic Theories
Explain basic aspects of humanistic personality theory.
Identify the effect of growth needs on personality formation.
Describe biological factors that influence personality formation.
Psychoanalytic and Trait Theories
Explain the underlying methodological basis of trait theories.
Define personality using the Big Five personality factors.
Compare and contrast psychoanalytic theories of Freud, Jung, and Adler.
Analyze components of the psychoanalytic approach to personality.
Introduction to Psychology of Personality
Explain personality constructs as a basis of personality theories.
Describe the reliability and validity of personality measurements.
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