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Personality Psychology Class 1.odt

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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 2600
Professor
Elizabeth Nisbet
Semester
Winter

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PersonalityClass 1 Introduction What is personalityJanuary 5 2012WHAT IS PERSONALITYPersonality the set of psychological traits and mechanisms within the individual that are organized and relatively enduring and that influence his or her interactions with and adaptations to the intrapsychic physical and social environments LarsenBuss traits are relatively stableImportance is not on the situation or the individuals personality but how they interact with one anotherHuman nature the need to belongPsychological traits characteristics that describe ways in which people are different or similar to each otherAverage tendencies tendency to display a certain psychological trait with regularity For example on average a hightalkative person will start more conversations than a lowtalkative person This idea explains why the principle of aggression works when measuring personalityHuman beings are like all other like some other and like no otherPsychological Mechanisms the process of personalityA psychological mechanism may make people more sensitive to certain kinds of information from the environment input may make them more likely to think about specific options decision rules or may guide their behavior towards certain categories of action outputsWithin the individual means that personality is something a person carries with themselves over time and from one situation
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