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PSYC 370
Robert Ley

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1) Introductionto Personality Theories and Theorists January-09-13 2:37 PM • Will approach this class with a clinical/applied perspective ○ Psychoanalyticapproach • e.g., Case study of the married man who has 3 married girlfriends ○ Atepole (?) complex ○ By taking the womenaway from their husbands, it may be unconsciouslymotivatedby childhood behaviours ○ It's very childish, may trace back to relationship with parents • Goal of Course: ○ Apply these constructs [to cases] ○ Focus on lives of personality theorists  GOSH they're fascinating  Commonlycreate these personality theories based on your own life (signif life events, attitudes, social cultural times, etc.) • e.g., OCD have one of three types of compulsion (counter, checker, cleaner) ○ How do they "choose"/developinto one and not the others? • e.g., schizophrenic, delusion ○ What drives the delusions (what determineswhat kind of delusions they have?) • Theorist: Alfred Adler -- interested in child's ordinal position (birth order) influence on personality ○ e.g., first born tend to be high achiever, but also more likely to schizophrenic ○ Had lots of siblings, had lots of serious ailments, was ran over by a horse drawn carriage twice, had a golden child as an older brother  Ordinal position may influence children's perspective on life and struggles in life ○ Organ inferiority:driving personality development  e.g., want to become a physician to overcomepoor ailment as a child (ailment viewed as inadequacy) • Theorist: Sigmund Freud ○ Well loved by mother,strong attachment, favouritechild ○ Speculated that the way the child separates from motheris crucial developmentalevent • Theorist: Erik Erikson -- identity development ○ Never knew biological father (abandoned mother); mother remarried when he was young (thought step father was his father)  --> Confused about his identity, esp. when teased by peers at school & at religious gatherings • Course content/nature ○ Mixture of theories and applications of such theories (clinical examples) ○ The textbookgoes more into research and support for constructs, but they won't be talked about in lectures  You could kinda use the 1st edition of the book (DAMN I BOUGHT IT ALREADY). There will be lots of overlap. ○ Also pay attention to popular media  e.g., analysis of the presidential debates  e.g., "she's so aggressive," "she's so nice"
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