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.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
Topics and Objectives
Introduction to Personality and the Psychoanalytic Perspective
- Describe personality.
- Describe the psychoanalytic perspective of personality.
- Identify the main components of psychoanalytic theories.
- Differentiate between the psychoanalytic theories.
- Describe the psychoanalytic-social perspective of personality.
- Identify the components of psychoanalytic-social personality theories.
- Differentiate between the psychoanalytic-social personality theories.
The Trait Perspective
- Identify the components of trait and biological personality theories.
- Contrast the 16 Factor and Big Five Factor theories of personality.
- Describe the influence of genetics on personality development.
The Behavioral Perspective
- Explain personality formation from the behavioral perspective.
- Identify the major components of behavioral personality theories.
- Identify the major components of social-cognitive learning theories.
The Humanistic Perspective
- Explain personality development from a humanistic perspective.
- Describe the main components of the person-centered theory of personality.
- Describe the role of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs in personality.
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