This course enables students to differentiate among the primary theoretical models of personality theory, such as psychodynamic, affective, cognitive-behavioral, and systems theory. Emphasis is on the importance of students recognizing belief systems and the underlying assumptions inherent in various personality models that accurately reflect their own personal perspectives. Students also learn to recognize strategies and approaches in psychology that reflect identified personality theories as a foundation.
Define personality as it relates to the field of psychology.
Explain the process of critically evaluating research studies on personality.
Explain how personality theories are developed and modified through ongoing research.
Personality Theory in Context
Evaluate the strengths and limitations of personality theories from a social and multicultural perspective.
Explain how biological, social, and cultural experiences interact to shape individual personality development.
Apply personality theories to social and occupational roles.
Biological Theories and Personality Traits
Evaluate the influence of biological theories on contemporary personality research.
Analyze the effect of biology on personality.
Analyze the five-factor model.
Describe trait theories of personality.
Behavioral and Cognitive Theories
Evaluate contemporary research studies that address the application of behavioral and cognitive learning principles.
Explain social cognitive learning theories of personality.
Describe behavioral and cognitive theories of personality.
Differentiate self-esteem, self-concept, and self-actualization.
Explain how researchers have investigated humanistic concepts.
Evaluate humanistic theories of personality.
Evaluate the influence of Freud’s theories on contemporary personality theory.
Evaluate current research studies that address psychoanalytic concepts.
Describe Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of personality and its major concepts.
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