PSYC 2600 – Intro to Personality 01/07/2013
• Custom textbook is cheaper. The regular and optional text can both be bought at the Carleton
• Lecture slides will be posted in advance of the class.
• Exams are noncumulative.
Skim through the readings and lecture slides in advance of the class.
• It is more beneficial to choose an essay topic that will be covered in the final exam – try to choose
the topic well in advance. Title and reference pages aren’t included in the 46 pages. Follow APA
We use personality descriptors which make up the dispositional domain of psychology. In this sense,
we are all being personality psychologists.
A good theory describes and explains phenomena and is a good predictor for a hypothesis.
[It is not necessary to memorize the definition of personality.]
A psychological mechanism is different from a psychological trait. Traits are assumed to be fairly stable
over time. A mechanism is the outcome/action of how a trait will be demonstrated in a situation
demands it. For example, in an emergency where someone is drowning, an altruistic person (trait) will
jump in to save the drowning one (mechanism).
There are 3 levels of personality analysis:
• All humans are like all others (the aspects that everyone shares, the human aspect of personality
• The group differences; how a human is like some others
• How some humans are like no others – individual differences; this is rarely studied in psychology
as it cannot be generalized. However, it has its uses. For example, in organizational psych