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Personality, Part I

  • Personality: A person’s unique pattern of thinking, emotion, and behavior; the consistency of who you are, have been, and will become
  • Character: Personal characteristics that have been judged or evaluated; desirable or undesirable qualities
  • Temperament: Hereditary aspects of personality, including sensitivity, moods, irritability, and distractibility
  • Personality researchers may use the methods of case study, surveys, psychological tests and inventories, projective tests, observation and experimentation

Personality, Part I

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  1. Intro
    • X. Personality (5-7%)
    • Objectives
    • Who Are You?
    • Personality Basics
    • Defining Some Terms
    • What Is Personality?
    • What is the Self?
    • Personality: Methods of Research
    • Review
    • Intro 0:00
    • X. Personality (5-7%) 0:14
      • Personality Theories and Approaches
      • Assessment Techniques
      • Growth and Adjustment
      • In This Section of the Course…
    • Objectives 1:01
      • Compare and Contrast Major Theories and Approaches to Explaining Personality (Psychoanalytic, Humanist, Cognitive, Trait, Social Learning, and Behavioral)
      • Describe and Compare Research Methods (E.g., Case Studies and Surveys)
      • Identify Frequently Used Assessment Strategies (MMPI, TAT)
      • Speculate How Cultural Context Can Facilitate or Constrain Personality Development
      • Identify Key Contributors to Personality Theory (E.g., Aldler, Bandura, Costa, McCrae, Freud, Jung, Maslow, Rogers)
    • Who Are You? 2:17
      • Know Thyself
      • Be True to Yourself
      • Each Of Use Is Really Many of Us
      • He Who Knows Others is Wise; He Who Knows Himself is Enlightened
      • I Am Whatever You Say I Am
    • Personality Basics 5:29
      • Persona
      • Greek Theatre
      • Do We Find the Self or Create the Self?
    • Defining Some Terms 6:31
      • Personality
      • Character
      • Temperament
    • What Is Personality? 8:13
      • Everything You Are, Think, Feel and Do
      • An Abstract Construct
      • Manifest in Behavior
      • Based on Perceptions of Behavior
      • We All Have Implicit Theories of Personality -- Philosophical Assumptions
      • Freedom V. Determinism
      • Heredity V. Environment
      • Uniqueness V. Universality
      • Active V. Reactive
    • What is the Self? 12:40
      • What is the Self?
      • Can We Accurately See/Perceive Ourselves or Others?
      • Self-Awareness
      • Schema Issues
      • Self-Knowledge
      • Self-Esteem
      • Self-Serving Bias
      • Lake Wobegon Effect on Self
      • Culture and Self - Individualistic Cultures and Collectivists Ones
    • Personality: Methods of Research 18:45
      • Case Study
      • Survey
      • Projective Tests (e.g. TAT and Rorschach)
      • Personality Inventories (Myers-Briggs, MMPI, Factor Analysis Big 5)
      • Observation
      • Experimentation
    • Review 28:12
      • What is Personality?
      • How is it Different from Character or Temperament?
      • How is it Shown to Others?
      • How do Psychologists Measure Personality?
      • How Valid and Reliable are the Tools That are Used?
      • What are Personality Inventories, and What are Their Strengths and Weaknesses as Trait-Assessment Tools?